Where does the word “Aftermath” come from and What does Aftermath mean?

The word aftermath means consequences; especially, in current general use, ill consequences.

Also, which indicates the origin of the term, a second crop of hay after one crop has already been cut.

Math, a term no longer in use, meant “a mowing” in olden days, or the produce of a mowing; hay, that is. Thus an aftermath was a later or “after” mowing.

Used figuratively it meant later results or effects; consequences.

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