[hahr-vist-muh n]

noun, plural har·vest·men.

a person engaged in harvesting.

Origin of harvestman

1400–50; late Middle English. See harvest, man1
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Related Words for harvestman

tick, mite, tarantula, scorpion, harvestman

Examples from the Web for harvestman

Historical Examples of harvestman

  • "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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for harvestman


noun plural -men

a person engaged in harvesting
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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