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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HARVEST

In a land rich in harvest, children just must not go hungry.

It is the star that is not reached and the harvest sleeping in the unplowed ground.

Calvert and I have been helping our neighbors to get in the harvest.

Harvest after harvest Shakespeare brought forth of astounding quality.

He said the men were rebuilding the stockade and getting in the harvest.

Then boys and girls enter dancing and singing a harvest song.

In harvest time the aspect of the country must be one of extreme richness.

What belief should be sown to blossom forth in a harvest of strength and peace?

Call her a Harvest Hamper, and braid her lovely locks with strings of onions!

How can we expect a harvest of thought who have not had a seed-time of character?

WORD ORIGIN

Old English hærfest "autumn, period between August and November," from Proto-Germanic *harbitas (cf. Old Saxon hervist, Old Frisian and Dutch herfst, German Herbst "autumn," Old Norse haust "harvest"), from PIE *kerp- "to gather, pluck, harvest" (cf. Sanskrit krpana- "sword," krpani "shears;" Greek karpos "fruit," karpizomai "make harvest of;" Latin carpere "to cut, divide, pluck;" Lithuanian kerpu "cut;" Middle Irish cerbaim "cut").

The borrowing of autumn and the use of fall in a seasonal sense gradually focused the meaning of harvest to "the time of gathering crops" (mid-13c.), then to the action itself and the product of the action (after c.1300). Figurative use by 1530s. Harvest home (1590s) is the occasion of bringing home the last of the harvest; harvest moon (1706) is that which is full within a fortnight of the autumnal equinox.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR HARVEST

autumn

nounseason between summer and winter
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.