from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. [Usually in the plural.] The earliest productions of the soil; the first gatherings of a season's produce. Of these the Jews made an offering to God, as an acknowledgment of his sovereign dominion.
- n. The first profits of anything; in feudal and ecclesiastical law, the first year's profit of a tenant of real property. The first-fruits of a benefice were payable in the Church of Rome to the pope, in the Church of England formerly to the crown, but since the time of Queen Anne, when paid at all, to a benevolent fund. See Queen Anne's bounty, under bounty.
- n. The first portion, products, effects, or results of anything.
- Original; earliest.
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