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  1. a person who harvests; reaper.
  2. any of various farm machines for harvesting field crops.
  3. an orange-brown butterfly, Feniseca tarquinius, the larvae of which are predacious on aphids.
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Origin of harvester

First recorded in 1580–90; harvest + -er1
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Historical Examples

  • However, something prompted me to draw the midnight harvester out.

    The Spinner's Book of Fiction


  • The owner of the land furnished the horse for the harvester.

  • The sickle of Cronus is thus brought into connection with the sickle of the harvester.

  • Collector for a harvester company in Nebraska, going from farm to farm by buggy.

    The Job

    Sinclair Lewis

  • And so there arose the first consolidation in the harvester business.

    The Romance of the Reaper

    Herbert Newton Casson

British Dictionary definitions for harvester


  1. a person who harvests
  2. a harvesting machine, esp a combine harvester
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Word Origin and History for harvester


"a reaper," 1590s; agent noun from harvest (v.). Meaning "machine for reaping and binding" is from 1847.

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