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[hahr-vuh-ster] /ˈhɑr və stər/
a person who harvests; reaper.
any of various farm machines for harvesting field crops.
an orange-brown butterfly, Feniseca tarquinius, the larvae of which are predacious on aphids.
Origin of harvester
1580-90; harvest + -er1 Unabridged
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  • Over the course of a month, a prolific harvester can earn more than enough cash to live on for an entire year.
  • He and his two grandsons climb aboard a machine that resembles an automated car wash on wheels-a blueberry harvester.
  • Because of the snow and thick undergrowth the den was impossible to see, and a mechanical harvester had backed right up to it.
  • Engineers invented a harvester that could shake tomatoes from plants and distinguish red fruit from green.
  • The horse replaced the cow, the combine harvester the horse.
  • The latest talk among them is about a new satellite-controlled combine harvester.
  • It could all have been done much more quickly by combine harvester.
  • Landowners who dig wild ginseng on their own land and do not sell it are exempt from needing a harvester's license.
  • Although the harvester was not ready at the start of harvest, there was the opportunity to test it later in the season.
  • Red harvester ants make their nests under rocks or stone.
British Dictionary definitions for harvester


a person who harvests
a harvesting machine, esp a combine harvester
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Word Origin and History for harvester

"a reaper," 1590s; agent noun from harvest (v.). Meaning "machine for reaping and binding" is from 1847.

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