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harrow

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verb har·row \ ˈher-(ˌ)ō , ˈha-(ˌ)rō \

Definition of harrow

transitive verb
archaic
:pillage, plunder
  • long harrowed by oppressor's hand
  • —Sir Walter Scott

Origin and Etymology of harrow

Middle English harwen, from Old English hergian


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harrow

noun

Definition of harrow

:a cultivating tool set with spikes, teeth, or disks and used primarily for breaking up and smoothing the soil

Origin and Etymology of harrow

Middle English harwe; akin to Old Norse hervi harrow, Middle Dutch harke rake

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


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harrow

verb

Definition of harrow

transitive verb
1 :to cultivate with a harrow (see 2harrow)
  • harrow the fields
2 :torment, vex
  • harrowed by war
  • has not set out to appall the reader with horrors nor to harrow him with miseries
  • —Douglas Stewart

harrower

play \ˈher-ə-wər, ˈha-rə-\ noun

First Known Use of harrow

14th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


Harrow

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geographical name Har·row \ ˈha-(ˌ)rō \

Definition of Harrow

borough of northwestern Greater London, England population 241,000

HARROW Defined for Kids

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harrow

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noun har·row \ ˈher-ō \

Definition of harrow for Students

:a piece of farm equipment that has metal teeth or disks for breaking up and smoothing soil

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harrow

verb

Definition of harrow for Students

harrowed; harrowing
1 :to drag a harrow over (plowed ground)
2 :2distress
  • … the rest that lay helpless in their bunks harrowed me with screaming …
  • —Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped


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