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Harvest, n. Also: harvist, -wist, -weist, -vesd, -vysd; hairvest; haresd. [ME. harvest(e, OE. hærfest. Cf. Hervest, Hairst, Harsit.] Harvest, harvest time (also h. tide). 1375 Barb. x. 187.
This ves in-till the harvist tyde, Quhen feldis … Chargit with corne assouerit var
1536 Annandale Corr. 2.
Nochtwithstanding the feriat and close tyme of haruest now approcheand
1541 Elgin Rec. I. 62.
The etting of thair cornis … fra beirseid tyme till haruist
1560 St. A. Kirk S. 32.
Fairn-year in harvesd
1563 Ib. 165.
Al wes don this year befoyr harvysd
1563 Inverness B. Rec. I. 104.
That na schaiffis be giffin in tyme of harwist
1586 St. A. Test. II. 67.
For wynning of the corn in hairvest
1596 Dalr. I. 50/17.
The nature … of the salmonte is in harvest to gendre
1644 Dunferm. Hammermen 52.
David Thomsone and Robert Robertsone his servand his agried for ane half ȝeare for [£4 scots] and the haresd to him self

b. Attrib. with fie, feild, gluif, service, vacance. 1568 Inverness B. Rec. I. 172.
Awand him ix s. harwist fie and vj firlottis sowde
1586 St. A. Test. II. 61.
To Jhon Burt and his wyfe for thair harvist fee
1683 Peebles B. Rec. II. 109.
Whoever … shall cast themselves idle in the summer tyme for the harvest fies
1560 St. A. Kirk S. 32.
Upoun the harvesd field
1581 Hamilton Cath. Tr. 84.
They behaue thame selfis … as scheraris ressauing thair denner on the haruest feild
1609 Edinb. Test. XLV. 348.
Nyne dozen harvest gluiffis
1671 Kirkcudbr. Sheriff Ct. Processes No. 99.
In regaird of my daylie sumer and harvest service now ensewing
- 1618 Reg. Privy C. XI. 417.
Seeing the tyme of the harvest vacance now approtcheis
1653 Peebles B. Rec. II. 13.
To pay Thomas Dicksone, scool-doctor, for his stipend and harvest vacance yeirlie … fourtie pundes

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