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First-fruits

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First-fruits. n.s. [first and fruits.]

  1. What the season first produces or matures of any kind.

    A sweaty reaper from his tillage brought
    First-fruits, the green ear, and the yellow sheaf.
    Milt. P. L.

    The blooming hopes of my then very young patron have been confirmed by most noble first-fruits, and his life is going on towards a plentiful harvest of all accumulated virtues. Prior.

  2. The first profits of any thing.

    Although the king loved to employ and advance bishops, because, having rich bishopricks, they carried their reward upon themselves; yet he did use to raise them by steps, that he might not lose the profit of the first-fruits, which by that course of gradation was multiplied. Bacon's Henry VII.

  3. The earliest effect of any thing.

    See, Father, what first-fruits on earth are sprung,
    From thy implanted grace in man!
    Milton's Parad. Lost.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Milton, John (449) · Prior, Matthew (162)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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