reap·​er | \ ˈrē-pər How to pronounce reaper (audio) \

Definition of reaper

: one that reaps especially : any of various machines for reaping grain

Examples of reaper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web They can be dipped in smoky sweet barbecue, garlic parmesan, bourbon teriyaki, classic, spicy Thai chili, spicy garlic, Nashville hot, pineapple habanero or the reaper sauces or dry-rubbed with lemon pepper or spicy cajun seasonings. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, 18 Aug. 2021 Before Gilly put a bullet into Isaac, a reaper tattoo mysteriously connecting Isaac to SAMCRO was shockingly revealed. Rosy Cordero,, 12 May 2021 The reaper is sure to be salivating and Taza is ripe for the picking. Rosy Cordero,, 22 Feb. 2021 But in the last six months, the odds reset, like some grim-reaper-ish version of the New York Times needle. Steven Levy, Wired, 21 Jan. 2021 The Carolina reaper pepper currently holds the Guinness World Record for the hottest chili pepper in the world. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Nov. 2020 The outlook for Halloween was as grim as a reaper at the outset of the pandemic, with companies like Hershey cutting back on candy packaging tied to trick-or-treating and some pop-up retailers for spooky wares waiting to secure physical spaces. Gillian Friedman, New York Times, 29 Oct. 2020 In the 1850s, agricultural machinery pioneer Cyrus McCormick opened his first factory in Chicago and built a dealer network to sell his mechanical reaper, which revolutionized farming. Robert Channick,, 16 Oct. 2020 This machine will be improved upon, so that in a short time our rice planters can harvest their crops on a bicycle reaper and binder, while taking their morning spin., 16 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of reaper

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Reaper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of reaper

: a person or machine that cuts and collects crops


reap·​er | \ ˈrē-pər How to pronounce reaper (audio) \

Kids Definition of reaper

: a worker or machine that harvests crops


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