harvest


harvest
[OE] The idea underlying the word harvest is of ‘plucking, gathering, cropping’ – it comes ultimately from Indo-European *karp-, which also produced Greek karpós ‘fruit, crop, harvest’ (whence English carpel [19]) and Latin carpere ‘pluck’ (source of English carpet, excerpt, and scarce) – but its original meaning in English was ‘time of gathering crops’ rather than ‘act of gathering crops’. Indeed, until as recently as the 18th century it was used as the name for the season now known as autumn (as its German relative herbst still is), and it was not until the 16th century that the present-day senses ‘act of gathering crops’ and ‘crops gathered’ began to develop. => CARPET, EXCERPT, SCARCE
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   The word originally meant 'autumn' (as related modern German Herbst still does), then came to apply to the corn cut and stored in this season. Other related words are Latin carpere, 'to pluck,' and Greek karpos, 'fruit.'

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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