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1. That which is worthless or useless; rubbish; refuse. Who steals my purse steals trash. (Shak) A haunch of venison would be trash to a brahmin. (Landor)

2. Especially, loppings and leaves of trees, bruised sugar cane, or the like.

In the west Indies, the decayed leaves and stems of canes are called field trash; the bruised or macerated rind of canes is called cane trash; and both are called trash.

3. A worthless person. (Shak)

4. A collar, leash, or halter used to restrain a dog in pursuing game. Trash ice, crumbled ice mixed with water.

Origin: Cf. Icel. Tros rubbish, leaves, and twigs picked up for fuel, trassi a slovenly fellow, Sw. Trasa a rag, tatter.