Learn more and and purchase tickets at www.alaskabg.org Don’t rake or blow, mow: All the stuff blown down on the lawn is great microbe food.—Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Aug. 2023 Rather than roaming in a random pattern, as most auto-mowers do, the Automower 415X mows in a stripe or checkerboard pattern, which will make your lawn look like professional landscapers have cared for it.—Kate Morgan, Popular Mechanics, 25 May 2023 Once it's programmed, the robot goes out to mow, then returns to its charging station when there's a certain amount of battery life remaining, such as 10 or 15 percent.—Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 26 July 2023 For faster control without resorting to a burner or herbicide, mow or use a strong trimmer to cut the weeds close to the ground.—Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 1 June 2023 The plan that’s being developed will have to address this issue, but the reality is the options are few — mow, graze or burn — and none are easy to carry out or guaranteed to be effective.—Jennifer Oldham, ProPublica, 12 May 2023 Anybody should be able to get behind any mower and mow safely without a lot of instruction.—Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 12 May 2023 To keep ticks at bay at home, trim brush, mow grass, and rake leaves on your property.—Health Editorial Team, Health, 21 Apr. 2023 Homeowners want an eco-friendly and no-mow solution that still provides the durability of traditional grass.—Angela Belt, House Beautiful, 5 Apr. 2023
After shooting out her back windshield and trying to mow her down with a pickup truck, the cat-and-mouse game moves on foot through the wilderness.—Matt Donnelly, Variety, 20 Sep. 2023 Keep Mowing Continue to water and mow your lawn, as needed, throughout the fall.—Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, 22 Aug. 2023 People were told to chug extra water while mowing lawns or exercising outdoors, and to check on neighbors to ensure air-conditioning is available.—Juan Lozano, Chicago Tribune, 20 Aug. 2023 Wendell, 66, was mowing the front of their property.—Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, 9 Aug. 2023 If there are aggressive weeds in the lawn (those prone to taking over), discourage them from going to seed by mowing regularly.—Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 31 Aug. 2023 Check on your neighbors People across the region were told to chug extra water while mowing lawns or exercising outdoors, and to check on neighbors to ensure air conditioning is available due to the extreme heat.—Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 22 Aug. 2023 To overseed, simply mow your lawn as low as possible, rake the clippings, scatter the seed into your existing lawn, and then lightly rake the seed into the soil.—Anne Readel, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Aug. 2023 While mowing her lawn, Peggy Jones was simultaneously attacked by a snake and a hawk.—Outdoor Life, 9 Aug. 2023 See More
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Middle English, heap, stack, from Old English mūga; akin to Old Norse mūgi heap
Middle English mowen, going back to Old English māwan (past participle māwen), going back to West Germanic *mēan- (whence, with a differing hiatus consonant, Old Frisian miā, miān "to mow," Middle Dutch maeyen, Old High German *māen), going back to an Indo-European verbal base *h2meh1- "reap, mow," whence also Greek amáō, amân "to reap, cut" (perhaps from *h2mh1-eh2-)
Old English māwan is a Class VII strong verb (like cnāwanknow entry 1, blāwanblow entry 1), though a weak verb in later Middle and Modern English and in other Germanic languages. The element *-eh1- in *h2meh1- has been treated as a suffix, with a parallel derivative *h2m-et- yielding Italo-Celtic *met-, in Latin metō, metere "to reap, harvest, cut off," Welsh medaf, medi "to reap," Middle Breton midiff, Breton mediñ, Middle Irish meithel "reaping party," Welsh medel. Hittite hamešha(nt)- "spring, harvest time" has also been connected with *h2meh1-, though with some dispute. Cf. aftermath, meadow.
Middle English mowe, from Anglo-French mouwe, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch mouwe protruding lip
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1