Also, harvesting. the gathering of crops.
the season when ripened crops are gathered.
a crop or yield of one growing season.
a supply of anything gathered at maturity and stored: a harvest of wheat.
the result or consequence of any act, process, or event: The journey yielded a harvest of wonderful memories.
verb (used with object)
to gather (a crop or the like); reap.
to gather the crop from: to harvest the fields.
to gain, win, acquire, or use (a prize, product, or result of any past act, process, plan, etc.).
to catch, take, or remove for use: Fishermen harvested hundreds of salmon from the river.
verb (used without object)
to gather a crop; reap.

before 950; Middle English; Old English hærfest; cognate with German Herbst autumn; akin to harrow1

harvestable, adjective
harvestability, noun
harvestless, adjective
half-harvested, adjective
postharvest, adjective
preharvest, noun
reharvest, verb
unharvested, adjective

3. See crop. 5. accumulation, collection, product, return, proceeds.
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harvest (ˈhɑːvɪst)
1.  the gathering of a ripened crop
2.  the crop itself or the yield from it in a single growing season
3.  the season for gathering crops
4.  the product of an effort, action, etc: a harvest of love
5.  to gather or reap (a ripened crop) from (the place where it has been growing)
6.  (tr) to receive or reap (benefits, consequences, etc)
7.  chiefly (US) (tr) to remove (an organ) from the body for transplantation
[Old English hærfest; related to Old Norse harfr harrow, Old High German herbist autumn, Latin carpere to pluck, Greek karpos fruit, Sanskrit krpāna shears]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hærfest "autumn," from P.Gmc. *kharbitas (cf. O.S. hervist, Du. herfst, Ger. Herbst "autumn," O.N. haust "harvest"), from PIE *kerp- "to gather, pluck, harvest" (cf. Skt. krpana- "sword," krpani "shears;" Gk. karpos "fruit," karpizomai "make harvest of;" L. carpere "to cut, divide, pluck;"
Lith. kerpu "cut;" M.Ir. cerbaim "cut"). The borrowing of autumn and fall gradually focused its meaning after 14c. from "the time of gathering crops" to the action itself and the product of the action. Harvester "machine for reaping and binding" is from 1875; harvest home (1596) 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.
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Bible Dictionary

Harvest definition

the season for gathering grain or fruit. On the 16th day of Abib (or April) a handful of ripe ears of corn was offered as a first-fruit before the Lord, and immediately after this the harvest commenced (Lev. 23:9-14; 2 Sam. 21:9, 10; Ruth 2:23). It began with the feast of Passover and ended with Pentecost, thus lasting for seven weeks (Ex. 23:16). The harvest was a season of joy (Ps. 126:1-6; Isa. 9:3). This word is used figuratively Matt. 9:37; 13:30; Luke 10:2; John 4:35. (See AGRICULTURE.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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