n. Abbr. l or lit.
A metric unit of volume equal to approximately 1.056 liquid quarts, 0.908 dry quart, or 0.264 gallon. See Table at measurement.
[French litre, from obsolete litron, measure of capacity, from Medieval Latin lītra, from Greek, unit of weight.]
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