from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An implement, resembling a plow, used to remove potatoes from the ground.
  • n. The smallest of these machines is a simple double or lifting plow having long steel lingers at the back. The plow lifts the soil, tubers, and plants, and pushes them upon the fingers, the soil falling between them, and the roots and tops being left behind on the ground. Another form of plow is provided with a horizontal wheel armed with long fingers. As the plow opens the soil, the revolving wheel picks out and separates the tubers and roots, and throws them to one side. More powerful machines, operated by four horses, open the rows and, by means of screens, clean the tubers from the soil, separate them from the tops, and deliver tops and tubers in separate lines, behind. Sometimes called a potato-harvester.


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