after math


[af-ter-math, ahf-]
something that results or follows from an event, especially one of a disastrous or unfortunate nature; consequence: the aftermath of war; the aftermath of the flood.
a new growth of grass following one or more mowings, which may be grazed, mowed, or plowed under.

1515–25; after + math a mowing, Old English mǣth; cognate with Old High German mād (German Mahd); akin to mow1

1. outcome, result, upshot. Unabridged
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aftermath (ˈɑːftəˌmɑːθ, -ˌmæθ)
1.  signs or results of an event or occurrence considered collectively, esp of a catastrophe or disaster: the aftermath of war
2.  agriculture a second mowing or crop of grass from land that has already yielded one crop earlier in the same year
[C16: after + math a mowing, from Old English mæth]

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Word Origin & History

1520s, originally a second crop of grass grown after the first had been harvested, from after + -math, a dialectal word, from O.E. mæð "mowing," from P.Gmc. *mæthan. Figurative sense is from mid-17c.
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