Definitions

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  • n. A band of harvesters.
  • n. A crowd.
  • v. To drip about or all over; drip onto (something).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Boon-work at harvest-time: a service which some tenants had to perform at the bidding or request of their lord.

Etymologies

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From be- (“on, about, all over”) +‎ drip.

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From Middle English *bederepe, *bidrepe, from Old English bedrīp ("compulsory service rendered to a landowner at harvest time, the reaping of corn on request"), from bed (“prayer, supplication, religious ordinance, service”) +‎ rīp (“reaping, harvest”). More at bead, reap.

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