Summer is the invariable rendering in the A..V. of the Heb. קִיַוֹ, kayits (Chaid. קִיַט, kayit, Da 2:35; New Test. θέρος, heat), which properly signifies harvest of fruits (not of grain, which is קָצַיר), strictly the cutting-off of the fruit (Isa 16:9; Jer 8:20; Jer 48:32); specially fig-harvest, which in Palestine takes place in August, although the early figs (בּכּוּרַים) ripen at the summer solstice (Isa 28:4; Mic 7:1); hence the harvest-time of figs, i.e. summer, especially midsummer, the hottest season (Ps 32:4; the droughts of summer, Pr 6:8; Pr 10:5; Pr 26:1; Pr 30:33; the summerhouse, Amos 3, 15); also fruit, specially figs, as harvested (8, 1, 2; comp. Jer 24:1 sq.). SEE AGRICULTURE; SEE FIG; SEE HARVEST; SEE PALESTINE; SEE SEASON.