- A device consisting of a heavy framework having several disks or teeth in a row, which is dragged across ploughed land to smooth or break up the soil, to remove weeds or cover seeds; a harrow plow.
- 1918: He sent for the carpenter, who was under contract to be with the threshing-machine, but it turned out that he was mending the harrows, which should have been mended the week before Lent. " Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, tr. Louise & Aylmer Maude (Oxford 1998, p. 153)
- To drag a harrow over; to break up with a harrow.
- To traumatize or disturb; to subject to a harrowing experience; to frighten or torment.
Etymology: Apparently representing unattested Old English
- The headless horseman harrowed Ichabod Crane as he tried to reach the bridge.
- hearwe or
- hearÄe (perhaps ultimately cognate with harvest); compare Dutch hark "rake", Danish harv "harrow".
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