1. The gathering of a crop of any kind; the ingathering of the crops; also, the season of gathering grain and fruits, late summer or early autumn.
Seedtime and harvest . . . shall not cease. --Gen. viii. 22.
At harvest, when corn is ripe. --Tyndale.
2. That which is reaped or ready to be reaped or gathered; a crop, as of grain (wheat, maize, etc.), or fruit.
Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. --Joel iii. 13.
To glean the broken ears after the man
That the main harvest reaps. --Shak.
3. The product or result of any exertion or labor; gain; reward.
The pope's principal harvest was in the jubilee. --Fuller.
The harvest of a quiet eye. --Wordsworth.
Harvest fish Zool., a marine fish of the Southern United States (Stromateus alepidotus); -- called whiting in Virginia. Also applied to the dollar fish.
Harvest fly Zool., an hemipterous insect of the genus Cicada, often called locust. See Cicada.
Harvest lord, the head reaper at a harvest. [Obs.] --Tusser.
Harvest mite Zool., a minute European mite (Leptus autumnalis), of a bright crimson color, which is troublesome by penetrating the skin of man and domestic animals; -- called also harvest louse, and harvest bug.
Harvest moon, the moon near the full at the time of harvest in England, or about the autumnal equinox, when, by reason of the small angle that is made by the moon's orbit with the horizon, it rises nearly at the same hour for several days.
Harvest mouse Zool., a very small European field mouse (Mus minutus). It builds a globular nest on the stems of wheat and other plants.
Harvest queen, an image representing Ceres, formerly carried about on the last day of harvest. --Milton.
Harvest spider. Zool. See Daddy longlegs.
Har·vest, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Harvested; p. pr. & vb. n. Harvesting.] To reap or gather, as any crop.
n 1: the yield from plants in a single growing season [syn: crop]
2: the consequence of an effort or activity; "they gathered a
harvest of examples"; "a harvest of love"
3: the gathering of a ripened crop [syn: harvesting, harvest
4: the season for gathering crops [syn: harvest time]
v 1: gather, as of natural products; "harvest the grapes" [syn: reap,
2: remove from a culture or a living or dead body, as for the
purposes of transplantation; "The Chinese are said to
harvest organs from executed criminals"
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.)