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[af-ter-math, ahf-] /ˈæf tərˌmæθ, ˈɑf-/
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.
Origin of aftermath
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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British Dictionary definitions for aftermath


/ˈɑːftəˌmɑːθ; -ˌmæθ/
signs or results of an event or occurrence considered collectively, esp of a catastrophe or disaster: the aftermath of war
(agriculture) a second mowing or crop of grass from land that has already yielded one crop earlier in the same year
Word Origin
C16: after + math a mowing, from Old English mæth
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Word Origin and History for aftermath

1520s, originally a second crop of grass grown after the first had been harvested, from after + -math, a dialectal word, from Old English mæð "a mowing, cutting of grass" (see math (n.2)). Figurative sense by 1650s. Cf. French regain "aftermath," from re- + Old French gain, gaain "grass which grows in meadows that have been mown," from a Germanic source, cf. Old High German weida "grass, pasture"

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