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Harvest \Har"vest\ (h[aum]r"v[e^]st), n. [OE. harvest, hervest, AS. h[ae]rfest autumn; akin to LG. harfst, D. herfst, OHG. herbist, G. herbst, and prob. to L. carpere to pluck, Gr. karpo`s fruit. Cf. Carpet.]
The gathering of a crop of any kind; the ingathering of the crops; also, the season of gathering grain and fruits, late summer or early autumn. [1913 Webster] Seedtime and harvest . . . shall not cease. --Gen. viii.
[1913 Webster] At harvest, when corn is ripe. --Tyndale. [1913 Webster]
That which is reaped or ready to be reaped or gathered; a crop, as of grain (wheat, maize, etc.), or fruit. [1913 Webster] Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. --Joel iii.
[1913 Webster] To glean the broken ears after the man That the main harvest reaps. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
The product or result of any exertion or labor; gain; reward. [1913 Webster] The pope's principal harvest was in the jubilee. --Fuller. [1913 Webster] The harvest of a quiet eye. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] Harvest fish (Zool.), a marine fish of the Southern United States (Stromateus alepidotus); -- called whiting in Virginia. Also applied to the dollar fish. Harvest fly (Zool.), an hemipterous insect of the genus Cicada, often called locust. See Cicada. Harvest lord, the head reaper at a harvest. [Obs.] --Tusser. Harvest mite (Zool.), a minute European mite (Leptus autumnalis), of a bright crimson color, which is troublesome by penetrating the skin of man and domestic animals; -- called also harvest louse, and harvest bug. Harvest moon, the moon near the full at the time of harvest in England, or about the autumnal equinox, when, by reason of the small angle that is made by the moon's orbit with the horizon, it rises nearly at the same hour for several days. Harvest mouse (Zool.), a very small European field mouse (Mus minutus). It builds a globular nest on the stems of wheat and other plants. Harvest queen, an image representing Ceres, formerly carried about on the last day of harvest. --Milton. Harvest spider. (Zool.) See Daddy longlegs. [1913 Webster]
Kingfish \King"fish`\ (k[i^]ng"f[i^]sh`), n. (Zool.) (a) An American marine food fish of the genus Menticirrus, especially Menticirrus saxatilis, or Menticirrus nebulosos, of the Atlantic coast; -- called also whiting, surf whiting, and barb. (b) The opah. (c) The common cero; also, the spotted cero. See Cero. (d) The queenfish. [1913 Webster]
White \White\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Whited; p. pr. & vb. n. Whiting.] [AS. hw[imac]tan.] To make white; to whiten; to whitewash; to bleach. [1913 Webster] Whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of . . . uncleanness. --Matt. xxiii.
[1913 Webster] So as no fuller on earth can white them. --Mark. ix.
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Whiting \Whit"ing\, n. [From White.] [1913 Webster]
(Zool.) (a) A common European food fish (Melangus vulgaris) of the Codfish family; -- called also fittin. (b) A North American fish (Merlucius vulgaris) allied to the preceding; -- called also silver hake. (c) Any one of several species of North American marine sciaenoid food fishes belonging to genus Menticirrhus, especially Menticirrhus Americanus, found from Maryland to Brazil, and Menticirrhus littoralis, common from Virginia to Texas; -- called also silver whiting, and surf whiting. [1913 Webster] Note: Various other fishes are locally called whiting, as the kingfish (a), the sailor's choice (b), the Pacific tomcod, and certain species of lake whitefishes. [1913 Webster]
Chalk prepared in an impalpable powder by pulverizing and repeated washing, used as a pigment, as an ingredient in putty, for cleaning silver, etc. [1913 Webster] Whiting pollack. (Zool.) Same as Pollack. Whiting pout (Zool.), the bib,
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Barb \Barb\ (b[aum]rb), n. [F. barbe, fr. L. barba beard. See Beard, n.]
Beard, or that which resembles it, or grows in the place of it. [1913 Webster] The barbel, so called by reason of his barbs, or wattles in his mouth. --Walton. [1913 Webster]
A muffler, worn by nuns and mourners. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
pl. Paps, or little projections, of the mucous membrane, which mark the opening of the submaxillary glands under the tongue in horses and cattle. The name is mostly applied when the barbs are inflamed and swollen. [Written also barbel and barble.] [1913 Webster]
The point that stands backward in an arrow, fishhook, etc., to prevent it from being easily extracted. Hence: Anything which stands out with a sharp point obliquely or crosswise to something else. "Having two barbs or points." --Ascham. [1913 Webster]
A bit for a horse. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
(Zool.) One of the side branches of a feather, which collectively constitute the vane. See Feather. [1913 Webster]
(Zool.) A southern name for the kingfishes of the eastern and southeastern coasts of the United States; -- also improperly called whiting. [1913 Webster]
(Bot.) A hair or bristle ending in a double hook. [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 flesh of a cod-like fish of the Atlantic waters of Europe
2 flesh of any of a number of slender food fishes especially of Atlantic coasts of North America
3 a small fish of the genus Sillago; excellent food fish
4 any of several food fishes of North American coastal waters
5 found off Atlantic coast of North America [syn: silver hake, Merluccius bilinearis]
6 a food fish of the Atlantic waters of Europe resembling the cod; sometimes placed in genus Gadus [syn: Merlangus merlangus, Gadus merlangus]



Late Old English (11th Century - Mid 12th Century)



  1. A fine white chalk used in paints, putty, whitewash etc
  2. In full whiting tree. (see variant whitten)
  3. A fish, Merlangus merlangus, similar to cod, found in the North Atlantic
  4. Any of several marine fish found in North American coastal waters, including Merluccius bilinearis (the silver hake)


a fine white chalk
a fish, Merlangus merlangus


Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, pg 3631
Whiting is the name of several species of fish:
  • Merlangius merlangus, the original species to receive the name; a common food fish of the cod family found in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean around Europe and the Mediterranean regions
  • Whiting (fish) (disambiguation), various other fish species in North America, Australia and throughout the Indo-Pacific region
Whiting may also refer to:
  • Powdered and washed white chalk (calcium carbonate), used in putty, metal polish, whitewash and sometimes added to paint to improve the paint's opacity


According to the 1990 U.S. Census, Whiting is the 2565th most popular surname in the United States, carried by 0.005% of the population.
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