Definition of kharif in English:

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Pronunciation: /kaˈriːf/


[mass noun]
(In South Asia) the autumn crop sown at the beginning of the summer rains.
Example sentences
  • The area under sugarcane in the current kharif season has increased by 336,000 ha to 4.085 million ha as compared with 3.749 million ha in the previous year.
  • He pointed out that he had never seen such a situation where in the month of July, a crucial period for kharif crops, the rains failed absolutely in Punjab.
  • He said the delay in monsoon had adversely affected all kharif crops, particularly bajra.


Persian and Urdu, from Arabic ḵarīf 'autumn, autumnal rain'.

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