aftermath


aftermath

noun

  1. something that results or follows from an event, especially one of a disastrous or unfortunate nature; consequence: the aftermath of war; the aftermath of the flood.
  2. a new growth of grass following one or more mowings, which may be grazed, mowed, or plowed under.

noun

  1. signs or results of an event or occurrence considered collectively, esp of a catastrophe or disasterthe aftermath of war
  2. agriculture a second mowing or crop of grass from land that has already yielded one crop earlier in the same year
n.

1520s, originally a second crop of grass grown after the first had been harvested, from after + -math, a dialectal word, from Old English mæð “a mowing, cutting of grass” (see math (n.2)). Figurative sense by 1650s. Cf. French regain “aftermath,” from re- + Old French gain, gaain “grass which grows in meadows that have been mown,” from a Germanic source, cf. Old High German weida “grass, pasture”

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