2 [har-oh]
verb (used with object) Archaic.
to ravish; violate; despoil.
harry ( def 2 ).
(of Christ) to descend into (hell) to free the righteous held captive.

before 1000; Middle English harwen, herwen, Old English hergian to harry

harrowment, noun
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harrow1 (ˈhærəʊ)
1.  any of various implements used to level the ground, stir the soil, break up clods, destroy weeds, etc, in soil
2.  (tr) to draw a harrow over (land)
3.  (intr) (of soil) to become broken up through harrowing
4.  (tr) to distress; vex
[C13: of Scandinavian origin; compare Danish harv, Swedish harf; related to Middle Dutch harke rake]
adj, —n

harrow2 (ˈhærəʊ)
1.  to plunder or ravish
2.  (of Christ) to descend into (hell) to rescue righteous souls
[C13: variant of Old English hergian to harry]

Harrow (ˈhærəʊ)
a borough of NW Greater London; site of an English boys' public school founded in 1571 at Harrow-on-the-Hill, a part of this borough. Pop: 210 700 (2003 est). Area: 51 sq km (20 sq miles)

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Word Origin & History

"agricultural implement, heavy wooden rake," c.1300, haru, from O.E. *hearwa, apparently related to O.N. harfr "harrow," and perhaps connected with O.H.G. herbist "harvest" (see harvest). Also possibly from hergian (see harry).

especially in harrowing of Hell in Christian theology, from hergian (see harry). In the figurative sense of "to wound the feelings, distress greatly" it is first attested c.1600 in Shakespeare.
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Harrow definition

(Heb. harits), a tribulum or sharp threshing sledge; a frame armed on the under side with rollers or sharp spikes (2 Sam. 12:31; 1 Chr. 20:3). Heb. verb _sadad_, to harrow a field, break its clods (Job 39:10; Isa. 28:4; Hos. 10: 11). Its form is unknown. It may have resembled the instrument still in use in Egypt.

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