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  • To drag a harrow over; to break up with a harrow.
  • To traumatize or disturb; to frighten or torment.
  • To break or tear, as if with a harrow; to wound; to lacerate; to torment or distress; to vex.



  • From Middle English harwe, harow, from Old English *hearwa (perhaps ultimately cognate with harvest), or from Old Norse harfr/herfi; compare Danish harve ("harrow"), Dutch hark ("rake"). Akin to Latin carpo.
  • From Middle English harrow, harrowe, haro, from Old French haro, harou, harau, harol, from Frankish *harot, *hara, from *hēr. Akin to Old Saxon herod, Old High German herot, Middle Dutch hare.

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