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 for glean
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Glean \Glean\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gleaned; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Gleaning.] [OE. glenen, OF. glener, glaner, F. glaner, fr.
     LL. glenare; cf. W. glan clean, glanh?u to clean, purify, or
     AS. gelm, gilm, a hand?ul.]
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     1. To gather after a reaper; to collect in scattered or
        fragmentary parcels, as the grain left by a reaper, or
        grapes left after the gathering.
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              To glean the broken ears after the man
              That the main harvest reaps.          --Shak.
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     2. To gather from (a field or vineyard) what is left.
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     3. To collect with patient and minute labor; to pick out; to
        obtain.
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              Content to glean what we can from . . . experiments.
                                                    --Locke.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Glean \Glean\, v. i.
     1. To gather stalks or ears of grain left by reapers.
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              And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field
              after the reapers.                    --Ruth ii. 3.
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     2. To pick up or gather anything by degrees.
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              Piecemeal they this acre first, then that;
              Glean on, and gather up the whole estate. --Pope.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Glean \Glean\, n.
     A collection made by gleaning.
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           The gleans of yellow thyme distend his thighs.
                                                    --Dryden.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Glean \Glean\, n.
     Cleaning; afterbirth. [Obs.] --Holland.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  glean
      v 1: gather, as of natural products; "harvest the grapes" [syn:
           reap, harvest, glean]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  60 Moby Thesaurus words for "glean":
     accumulate, amass, ascertain, assemble, bring in, bring together,
     choose out, collect, conclude, crop, crop herbs, cull, cut,
     decide between, deduce, derive, dig, dig up, draw a conclusion,
     draw an inference, excerpt, extract, fetch, find, garner, gather,
     gather in, get in, get together, grabble, grub, grub up, handpick,
     harvest, hay, induce, infer, learn, make a selection, mow, nut,
     pick, pick out, pick up, pluck, rake up, reap, reap and carry,
     reason, reason that, round up, scare up, scrape together,
     scrape up, select, sift, single out, take as proved, take up,
     winnow
  
  

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Glean
     The corners of fields were not to be reaped, and the sheaf
     accidentally left behind was not to be fetched away, according
     to the law of Moses (Lev. 19:9; 23:22; Deut. 24:21). They were
     to be left for the poor to glean. Similar laws were given
     regarding vineyards and oliveyards. (Comp. Ruth 2:2.)
     

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