From Old Dutch *hervist, from Proto-Germanic *harbistaz, from Proto-Indo-European *kerp-, *skerp-. Related to High German Herbst, Low German harvst, West Frisian hjerst, English harvest, also Latin carpere (“to pick, to pluck”), Greek καρπός (karpós, “fruit, harvest”). The original meaning is harvest time, as is seen in herfstmaand.
herfst m (uncountable)
The made-up compound noun herfstschrik (“fear of Autumn”) (IPA(key): /hɛrfstsxrɪk/) is used to demonstrate the number of consonants that can be strung together in Dutch. It is not particularly difficult for a speaker of Dutch to pronounce all consonants, but in practice a few of these will be dropped to something like IPA(key): /hɛrfsxrɪk/.