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[ree-per] /ˈri pər/

a machine for cutting standing grain; .
a person who .
a person who reaps or a machine for reaping
the grim reaper, death

Old English ripere, agent noun from reap (v.). As the name of a personification of death, from 1839.

A prowler that GFRs files. A file removed in this way is said to have been “reaped”.
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