First-fruit

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • First-fruit the fruits first gathered in a season: the first profits or effects of anything, bishoprics, benefices, &c
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fyrst; the superl. of fore by adding -st.

Usage

In literature:

They were no longer children, grasping at the first fruits of a half-cultivated wilderness.
"The Promise Of American Life" by Herbert David Croly
These were the first-fruits of the interweaving of the Covenant with the Treaty.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb.
"Notes On The Apocalypse" by David Steele
The colour phenomena of fruits being much the most simple will be considered first.
"Darwinism (1889)" by Alfred Russel Wallace
It is best to stew the fruit first, and add the sugar afterwards.
"Cassell's Vegetarian Cookery" by A. G. Payne
At dinner nuts and fruits are eaten first.
"Big People and Little People of Other Lands" by Edward R. Shaw
They consisted in a poll-tax, in the first-fruits, and the tithes.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
I need not say it's the first-fruits of a lucky hit.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. I, No. V, May, 1862" by Various
Capital is only the fruit of labour, and could never have existed if labour had not first existed.
"Speeches and Letters of Abraham Lincoln, 1832-1865" by Abraham Lincoln
That Reynolds Bartram had been the first-fruits of the new special effort was a statement which the deacon denied as soon as he heard it.
"All He Knew" by John Habberton
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In poetry:

Thy power, before the fruit is good,
Must first renew the tree;
We rise, and work the works of God,
When wrought upon by thee.
"Hymn of Sovereign Grace" by Augustus Montague Toplady
When first our Creator the protoplasts made,
In Eden the couple he plac'd,
Where o'er the whole garden at pleasure they stray'd
And pluck'd ev'ry fruit to their taste.
"An Exhortation To Worship Our Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard
The boots of the men clump
On the boards of the bridge.
The first white wall of the village
Rises through fruit-trees.
Of what was it I was thinking?
So the meaning escapes.
"Metaphors of a Magnifico" by Wallace Stevens
Upon the beach by Christian men untrod
The wanderers kneeling offered up to God
The land's first-fruits; and nigh the kneeling band
The burdened mother sat upon the sand,
And still she wailed, not praying.
"The King Of The Vasse" by John Boyle O Reilly
By now I've got the whole place clearly charted.
Our garden, first: where I did not invent
Blinding theologies of flowers and fruits,
And wasn't spoken to by an old hat.
And here we have that splendid family
"I Remember, I Remember" by Philip Larkin
First frost, and I walk among the rose-fruit, the marble toes
Of the Greek beauties you brought
Off Europe's relic heap
To sweeten your neck of the New York woods.
Soon each white lady will be boarded up
Against the crackling climate.
"Private Ground" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Black-Eyed Joe's BBQ Feeds "First Fruit" to the Homeless.
Open-Source NET Mono Bears First Fruit.
National archives gets ready to taste first fruits of TechStat labor.
Egypt's President Morsi reports ' fruitful ' talks with Saudis in first foreign trip.
This was one of the first fruits of the avid search for the genes that cause various diseases.
City Fruit invites you to its 2nd Annual Hard Cider Tasting event in Pioneer Square during the First Thursday Art Walk.
Kwanza spelled with one 'a' is rooted in the Swahili word "matunda ya kwanza ," meaning "first fruits".
The name Kwanzaa is taken from the Swahili phrase, matunda ya kwanza , which loosely translated means, "first fruits".
I had my first real piece of foie gras as everyone usually does: at a French restaurant, seared and served with fruit to cut through the inherent richness.
Hot time at the Farmers Market Olen Youngman of Youngman Orchards speaks about how first the frost, and then the heat, has affected his fruit crops.
University of Akron (UA) hospitality management students carved their way to three first-place finishes at the National Collegiate Fruit and Vegetable Carving Competition Oct 5-6.
Sandy D'Amato first made his name in Milwaukee as the chef at John Byron's in the First Wisconsin Center, with dishes such as swordfish and fruit tarts.
Technically, eggplants are considered fruit, and the first eggplants were small, round and white.
Doughty first rose to prominence as the leader of the 90s alt-rock band, Soul Coughing and since then has had a fruitful career as a solo artist.
Acorns are starting to fall, leaves are showing the first signs of changing colors and persimmon trees are loaded down with ripe fruit.
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In science:

First, it is difficult to simultaneously model the local and global variables with finite computational pow er, and second, study of single cell models probably provides a more fruitful route to understanding the influence of local cell-character on the overall properties.
Elastic moduli of model random three-dimensional closed-cell cellular solids
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