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Hervest, Hervist, n. Also: (h)erwest, herveist, herwist, -wyst. [ME. hervest, OE. hærfest, herfest. Cf. Harvest and Hairst.] Harvest: the autumn, the season of harvest; the harvest crop. Also fig.(a) c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 1645.
This tyme, quhen that herwist had In law places his coursses maid
1456 Hay II. 130/20.
The thrid sesone that is callit autumpne, that we call hervist
1478 Acta Conc. 16/1.
Thai gert it [a brief] be seruit in hervist quhilk is feriale tyme and forbiddin of the law
1531 Bell. Boece I. xlii.
Thir salmond, in the time of hervist, cumis up throw the smal watteris
Id. Livy II. 149/9.
Somer fowlis, quhilkis flies, als sone as hervist cummis, to sum bene hous
1573 Rec. Earld. Orkney 351.
Upbaldand ane daylie scherar in tyme of hervist
1576 Compl. Zetl. MS. 28 b.
The said Laurence … hes … causit courtis to be … haldin within the feriat and clois tyme of hervist and vacancie
(b) 1545 Prestwick B. Rec. 21.
Fra our lady day in lentryn quhyl our latyr day in erwest
1585 Acts III. 376/1.
That the sessioun … sall begin thair sitting … efter the greit vacance of hervest
1604 Dundonald Par. Rec. 56.
Robert Hopkin … deponit that in hervest ves ane yeir … he sav licht in Pet Lovries
1616 Elgin Rec. II. 148.
Sonday nixt to be ane day of publict fast … according to our anniversarie custome befor hervest
fig. 1611-57 Mure Misc. P. ii. 96.
Content I am, and sua my faith deserwest, My spring be toylsume with a pleasent herwest

b. Attrib. with fie, feild, gluif, labour, purvyance, tym. 1513 Doug. vii. Prol. 84.
Fat swyne in sty Sustenyt war … On hervist and on symmeris purvyance
1612 Brechin Test. II. 251.
To Johne Sufwricht for his heruest fie and his wyif
1629 Ib. IV. 362 b.
To Christiane Black for hir herwest fie
1583 Ib. I. 93 b.
In the barne … and heruist feildis the groutht of sewin bollis aittis
1611 Ib. II. 142.
xvij dussone heruest gluifis
1600-1610 Melvill 23.
My father setts me about the hervest-labour
14.. Quon. Attach. viii.
Or in hervest tym

c. Hervest hog, ‘a young sheep that is smeared at the end of harvest, when it ceases to be a lamb’ (J). 1549 Compl. 66/33.
Gylmyrs and dilmondis, and mony herueist hog

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