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[krop] /krɒp/
the cultivated produce of the ground, while growing or when gathered:
the wheat crop.
the yield of such produce for a particular season.
the yield of some other product in a season:
the crop of diamonds.
a supply produced.
a collection or group of persons or things appearing or occurring together:
this year's crop of students.
the stock or handle of a whip.
Also called riding crop. a short riding whip consisting of a stock without a lash.
Also called craw. Zoology.
  1. a pouch in the esophagus of many birds, in which food is held for later digestion or for regurgitation to nestlings.
  2. a chamber or pouch in the foregut of arthropods and annelids for holding and partly crushing food.
the act of cropping.
a mark produced by clipping the ears, as of cattle.
a close-cropped hair style.
a head of hair so cut.
an entire tanned hide of an animal.
Mining. an outcrop of a vein or seam.
verb (used with object), cropped or (Archaic) cropt; cropping.
to cut off or remove the head or top of (a plant, grass, etc.).
to cut off the ends or a part of:
to crop the ears of a dog.
to cut short.
to clip the ears, hair, etc., of.
Photography. to cut off or mask the unwanted parts of (a print or negative).
to cause to bear a crop or crops.
to graze off (the tops of plants, grass, etc.):
The sheep cropped the lawn.
verb (used without object), cropped or (Archaic) cropt; cropping.
to bear or yield a crop or crops.
to feed by cropping or grazing.
Verb phrases
crop out,
  1. Geology, Mining. to rise to the surface of the ground:
    Veins of quartz crop out in the canyon walls.
  2. to become evident or visible; occur:
    A few cases of smallpox still crop out every now and then.
crop up, to appear, especially suddenly or unexpectedly:
A new problem cropped up.
Origin of crop
before 900; Middle English, Old English: “sprout, ear of wheat (or other grain), paunch, crown of a tree”; cognate with German Kropf; see croup2
Related forms
cropless, adjective
noncrop, adjective
uncropped, adjective
well-cropped, adjective
Synonym Study
1. Crop, harvest, produce, yield refer to the return in food obtained from land at the end of a season of growth. Crop, the term common in agricultural and commercial use, denotes the amount produced at one cutting or for one particular season: the potato crop. Harvest denotes either the time of reaping and gathering, or the gathering, or that which is gathered: the season of harvest; to work in a harvest; a ripe harvest. Produce especially denotes household vegetables: Produce from the fields and gardens was taken to market. Yield emphasizes what is given by the land in return for expenditure of time and labor: There was a heavy yield of grain this year. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for crop out
Historical Examples
  • There was no longer any chance for the wildness of the beast to crop out.

  • A "blind lead" is a lead or ledge that does not "crop out" above the surface.

    Roughing It Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Nor is he subject to the wild impulses that often crop out in the Italian or the Slav.

    The Old World in the New Edward Alsworth Ross
  • "When they have been sent neck and crop out of North America," growled Jim.

    How Canada was Won F. S. Brereton
  • Where it does not crop out, it lies from 30 to 50 feet below the surface.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 5 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • Ive been afraid a long time it was going to crop out in Hal.


    George Allan England
  • Sooner or later our dislike will crop out and a gulf be made.

    With God in the World Charles H. Brent
  • They might even be said to crop out with remarkable frequency.

  • For a little while you may think you have got the better of it; but it will crop out in spite of you.

    One Man in His Time

    Ellen Glasgow
  • We are to recognize struggling genius wherever it may crop out.

    Remarks Bill Nye
British Dictionary definitions for crop out

crop out

(intransitive, adverb) (of a formation of rock strata) to appear or be exposed at the surface of the ground; outcrop


the produce of cultivated plants, esp cereals, vegetables, and fruit
  1. the amount of such produce in any particular season
  2. the yield of some other farm produce: the lamb crop
a group of products, thoughts, people, etc, appearing at one time or in one season: a crop of new publications
the stock of a thonged whip
short for riding crop
  1. a pouchlike expanded part of the oesophagus of birds, in which food is stored or partially digested before passing on to the gizzard
  2. a similar structure in insects, earthworms, and other invertebrates
the entire tanned hide of an animal
a short cropped hairstyle See also Eton crop
a notch in or a piece cut out of the ear of an animal
the act of cropping
verb (mainly transitive) crops, cropping, cropped
to cut (hair, grass, etc) very short
to cut and collect (mature produce) from the land or plant on which it has been grown
to clip part of (the ear or ears) of (an animal), esp as a means of identification
(also intransitive) to cause (land) to bear or (of land) to bear or yield a crop: the land cropped well
(of herbivorous animals) to graze on (grass or similar vegetation)
(photog) to cut off or mask unwanted edges or areas of (a negative or print)
See also crop out, crop up
Word Origin
Old English cropp; related to Old Norse kroppr rump, body, Old High German kropf goitre, Norwegian kröypa to bend
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Word Origin and History for crop out



Old English cropp "bird's craw," also "head or top of a sprout or herb." The common notion is "protuberance." Cognate with Old High German kropf, Old Norse kroppr. Meaning "harvest product" is c.1300, probably through the verbal meaning "cut off the top of a plant" (c.1200).



"cut off the top of a plant," c.1200, from crop (n.). The general meaning of "to cut off" is mid-15c. Related: Cropped; cropping. Women's fashion crop top is attested from 1984.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with crop out

crop out

Rise to the surface, become visible or evident, as in These superstitions crop out time and again. This term originated in mining, where a stratum or vein of ore is said to crop out when it comes to the surface. [ Mid-1800s ]
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