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first fruits

also first·fruits (fûrst′fro͞ots′)
pl.n.
1. The first gathered fruits of a harvest, offered to God in gratitude.
2. The first results of an undertaking.
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first fruits

or

firstfruits

pl n
1. the first results, products, or profits of an undertaking
2. fruit that ripens first
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first′ fruits′


n.pl.
1. the earliest fruit of the season.
2. the first products or results of anything.
[1350–1400]
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Translations

first fruits

n the first fruitsi primi risultati
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References in classic literature ?
He did not resent my conduct, he simply said that some day I should receive the first-fruits of the Spirit--that those who came to scoff sometimes remained to pray.
After this there was quiet until the Feast of the First-fruits was ended.
"The first-fruits of our labors," said Challenger in his booming, pedantic fashion.
For Diana of the golden throne was angry and did them hurt because Oeneus had not offered her his harvest first-fruits. The other gods had all been feasted with hecatombs, but to the daughter of great Jove alone he had made no sacrifice.
The pages written over and torn out of his notebook were the first-fruit of his "mission." No dream that.
And not only creation but all of us who possess the first-fruits of the Spirit, we too groan inside ourselves, waiting with eagerness for our bodies to be set free."Even if pagans think it is total idiocy, the two opposites go together.
Christians live in a world of sharp contrasts: inwardly groaning while enjoying the first-fruits of the Spirit.
The word "Kwanzaa" comes from the phrase, "matunda ya kwanza" which means "first-fruits." Its name comes from the first harvest celebrations held in ancient Egypt and Nubia. Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday but a cultural celebration.
Our Deuteronomy reading provides the biblical background for our talk of stewardship and first-fruits giving.