In Scripture means "reaping with a sickle", for the heat dries up the grass before it is high enough for the scythe (Ps 129:7). In Am 7:1 "the king's mowings" were the firstfruits of the pastures, tyrannically exacted. "The latter growth" was "the after grass" in the time of the latter rain.
As the great heat of the climate in Palestine and other similarly situated countries soon dries up the herbage itself, hay-making in our sense of the term is not in use. The "king's mowings,"
may perhaps refer to some royal right of early pasturage for the use of the cavalry.