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  1. (in India) a crop sown in early summer for harvesting in the autumn.
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Origin of kharif

1835–45; < Hindi < Arabic kharīf autumn
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Examples from the Web for kharif

Historical Examples

  • The early-sown rice yields the first-fruits of the kharif harvest.

    A Bird Calendar for Northern India

    Douglas Dewar

British Dictionary definitions for kharif


  1. (in Pakistan, India, etc) a crop that is harvested at the beginning of winterCompare rabi
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Word Origin

Urdu, ultimately from Arabic kharafa to gather
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