rabi

noun (1)
ra·​bi | \ ˈrə-bē How to pronounce rabi (audio) \

Definition of rabi

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the Indian subcontinent's spring harvest

Note: Rabi is the Indian subcontinent's primary harvest and consists of various crops, including wheat, barley, pulses, and mustard.

— compare kharif

Rabi

noun (2)
Ra·​bi | \ ˈrə-bē How to pronounce Rabi (audio) \

Definition of Rabi (Entry 2 of 3)

: either of two months of the Islamic year:

Rabi

biographical name
Ra·​bi | \ ˈrä-bē How to pronounce Rabi (audio) \

Definition of Rabi (Entry 3 of 3)

Isidor Isaac 1898–1988 American (Austrian-born) physicist

First Known Use of rabi

Noun (1)

1783, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

circa 1769, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rabi

Noun (1)

borrowed from Hindi rabī and Urdu rabīʼ "spring, the spring crop or harvest," borrowed from Arabic rabīʼ "fourth part, spring"

Noun (2)

Arabic rabīʽ

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“Rabi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rabi. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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