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harrow

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verb har·row \ˈher-(ˌ)ō, ˈha-(ˌ)rō\

Definition of harrow

archaic

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  pillage, plunder long harrowed by oppressor's hand — Sir Walter Scott

Origin and Etymology of harrow

Middle English harwen, from Old English hergian


First Known Use: before 12th century


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harrow

noun har·row

Definition of harrow

  1. :  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


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


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harrow

verb har·row

Definition of harrow

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cultivate with a harrow (see 2harrow) harrow the fields

  3. 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

14th Century

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

  1. 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

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


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harrow

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verb har·row

Definition of harrow for Students

harrowed

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harrowing

  1. 1 :  to drag a harrow over (plowed ground)

  2. 2 :  2distress … the rest that lay helpless in their bunks harrowed me with screaming … — Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped



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