- the earliest fruit of the season.
- the first products or results of anything.
Origin of first fruits
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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Examples from the Web for first fruits
Thine offering of the lamb is more pleasing than the first-fruits of the harvest.The Genius</p>
Margaret Horton Potter
In April they present the first-fruits of the mango harvest.
They were relieved from paying tenths in the year they paid their first-fruits.Henry VIII.
A. F. Pollard
The first-fruits have been gathered, and the harvest will come.Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877
Well, in a sense, I have had my joy, the first-fruits of it at least.'Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
- the first results, products, or profits of an undertaking
- fruit that ripens first
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