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harvestman

[hahr-vist-muh n] /ˈhɑr vɪst mən/
noun, plural harvestmen.
1.
daddy-longlegs (def 1).
2.
a person engaged in harvesting.
Origin of harvestman
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English. See harvest, man1
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  • "You're a harvestman," she began, quite out of breath from hurrying.

    The Tale of Daddy Longlegs Arthur Scott Bailey
  • A harvestman, for instance, lacks the waist, and its abdomen is segmented.

    Spiders Cecil Warburton
  • It was only the next day that the largest harvestman came home on seven legs.

    Among the Meadow People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • When a harvestman said "Good-morning" to you on a rainy day, you always had a feeling that the sun was shining.

    Among the Meadow People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • He had not47 lived long enough in the meadow to understand all that the harvestman meant.

    Among the Meadow People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • Then the only thing a harvestman could do was to struggle and wriggle himself free, and he often broke off a leg in doing so.

    Among the Meadow People Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • Little Mrs. Ladybug, who was somewhat of a gossip, discovered in some way that Daddy Longlegs was a harvestman.

    The Tale of Daddy Longlegs Arthur Scott Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for harvestman

harvestman

/ˈhɑːvɪstmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a person engaged in harvesting
2.
Also called (US and Canadian) daddy-longlegs. any arachnid of the order Opiliones (or Phalangida), having a small rounded body and very long thin legs
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