post·​har·​vest ˌpōst-ˈhär-vəst How to pronounce postharvest (audio)
: occurring after a harvest
reducing postharvest losses
also : used following a harvest
postharvest fungicide

Examples of postharvest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web First, most of its food loss and waste occurs during harvest and postharvest stages. Abay Yimere, The Conversation, 19 Jan. 2023 Inadequate postharvest management can lead to crop contamination and pest infestation. Abay Yimere, The Conversation, 19 Jan. 2023 The researchers tested the coating on avocados because these fruits are especially prone to uneven ripening and postharvest decay. Sam Jones, Scientific American, 24 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of postharvest was in 1899

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“Postharvest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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