from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A feast made at the ingathering of the harvest.


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  • The thing that got me wondering about Thanksgiving is that I'm not aware of any English harvest-feast tradition that it effectively replaced, the way July 4 presumably replaced Midsummer.

    Thrimilchi (May): the early English calendar

  • The harvest-feast of Deo was then being held by Phrasidemus and

    Theocritus Bion and Moschus Rendered into English Prose

  • In the seventh idyl, that one day of Demeter's harvest-feast is immortal, and the sun never goes down on its delight.

    Theocritus Bion and Moschus Rendered into English Prose

  • But as to this journey, we are going to the harvest-feast, for, look you some friends of ours are paying a festival to fair-robed Demeter, out of the first-fruits of their increase, for verily in rich measure has the goddess filled their threshing-floor with barley grain.

    Theocritus Bion and Moschus Rendered into English Prose

  • For this custom of allowing the labourers to share in the harvest-feast is traced to Numa.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume I

  • The elves were praised both in prose and verse; and there never was a merrier harvest-feast.

    The Home

  • The truth then compels us to declare, that the two honest farmers, who were found by our hero engaged with the person to whom he gave his protection, had been making merry at a harvest-feast in a neighbouring village, and were quietly returning home, when they were attacked in the field above-described by a single footpad, who had, the preceding morning, been discharged at a general jail-delivery at

    Francis, the Philanthropist: an unfashionable tale


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