a. Cultivated plants or agricultural produce, such as grain, vegetables, or fruit, considered as a group: Wheat is a common crop.
b. The total yield of such produce in a particular season or place: an orchard that produced a huge crop of apples last year.
2. A group, quantity, or supply appearing at one time: a crop of new ideas.
3. A short haircut.
4. An earmark on an animal.
a. A short whip used in horseback riding, with a loop serving as a lash.
b. The stock of a whip.
a. A pouchlike enlargement of a bird’s gullet in which food is partially digested or stored for regurgitation to nestlings.
b. A similar enlargement in the digestive tract of annelids and insects.
v. cropped, crop·ping, crops
a. To cut or bite off the tops or ends of: crop a hedge; sheep cropping grass.
b. To cut (hair, for example) very short.
c. To clip (an animal’s ears, for example).
d. To trim (a photograph or picture, for example).
a. To harvest: crop salmon.
b. To cause to grow or yield a crop.
1. To feed on growing grasses and herbage.
2. To plant, grow, or yield a crop.
To appear unexpectedly or occasionally: “one of the many theories that keep cropping up in his story” (Christopher Lehmann-Haupt).
[Middle English, from Old English cropp, ear of grain.]
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1. (Agriculture) the produce of cultivated plants, esp cereals, vegetables, and fruit
a. the amount of such produce in any particular season
b. the yield of some other farm produce: the lamb crop.
3. a group of products, thoughts, people, etc, appearing at one time or in one season: a crop of new publications.
4. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) the stock of a thonged whip
a. a pouchlike expanded part of the oesophagus of birds, in which food is stored or partially digested before passing on to the gizzard
b. a similar structure in insects, earthworms, and other invertebrates
7. (Tanning) the entire tanned hide of an animal
9. (Agriculture) a notch in or a piece cut out of the ear of an animal
10. the act of cropping
11. to cut (hair, grass, etc) very short
12. (Agriculture) to cut and collect (mature produce) from the land or plant on which it has been grown
13. (Agriculture) to clip part of (the ear or ears) of (an animal), esp as a means of identification
14. (Agriculture) (also intr) to cause (land) to bear or (of land) to bear or yield a crop: the land cropped well.
15. (Agriculture) (of herbivorous animals) to graze on (grass or similar vegetation)
16. (Photography) photog to cut off or mask unwanted edges or areas of (a negative or print)
[Old English cropp; related to Old Norse kroppr rump, body, Old High German kropf goitre, Norwegian kröypa to bend]
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n., v. cropped, crop•ping. n.
1. the cultivated produce of the ground, while growing or when gathered: the wheat crop.
2. the yield of such produce in one season.
3. the yield of any product in a season.
4. a group of persons or things appearing or occurring together: the new crop of freshmen.
5. the stock or handle of a whip.
6. a short riding whip consisting of a stock without a lash.
a. a pouch in the esophagus of many birds, in which food is held for later digestion or for regurgitation to nestlings.
b. a chamber in the foregut of some annelids and insects for holding and crushing food.
8. a mark produced by clipping the ears, as of cattle.
9. a close cutting of something, as the hair.
10. to cut or bite off the top of (a plant, grass, etc.): sheep cropping the grass.
11. to cut off the ends or a part of: to crop the ears of a dog.
12. to cut short.
13. to trim (a photographic print or negative).
14. to cause to bear a crop.
15. to yield a crop.
16. to feed by cropping or grazing.
a. to rise to the surface of the ground: Veins of quartz crop out in the canyon walls.
b. to occur.
18. crop up, to appear, esp. suddenly or unexpectedly.
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the product or yield of anything growing; something resembling a crop; the offspring of animals and birds.
Examples: crop of beardless youths, 1830; of corn, 1440; of crystals; of petty discussions, 1862; of geese, 1825; of goose pimples; of lambs, 1825; of lies; of logs, 1879; of turkeys, 1825; of ulcers; of wheat, 1530.
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Past participle: cropped
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2. A short riding whip.
3. Any plant grown extensively for food or profit.
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