- a pouch in the esophagus of many birds, in which food is held for later digestion or for regurgitation to nestlings.
- a chamber or pouch in the foregut of arthropods and annelids for holding and partly crushing food.
verb (used with object), cropped or (Archaic) cropt; crop·ping.
verb (used without object), cropped or (Archaic) cropt; crop·ping.
- Geology, Mining.to rise to the surface of the ground: Veins of quartz crop out in the canyon walls.
- to become evident or visible; occur: A few cases of smallpox still crop out every now and then.
- crop circle,
- crop duster,
- crop dusting,
- crop milk,
- crop out
Origin of crop
Examples from the Web for crop
She is wearing a crop top, and Andrew has his arm wrapped around her waist.Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’|Tom Sykes|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Now, she was handpicking a crop that was much lighter than previous years.
But since the crop is not grown domestically, it needs to be imported.Chinese Getting Hooked on the Middle East's Favorite Drug|Brendon Hong|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But if you choose to conduct your discourse in 140-word snaps, or soundbites, then you reap the crop of dumb that you sow.
She looks uncannily like Mark, with a crop of soft dark curls.
The greatest difficulties are the uncertainties both of the crop and of its marketable value.
He carefully cared for his crop in the hopes of a better season.Contemporary Russian Novelists|Serge Persky
The ground was in old cotton-fields, open and level, except for the high ridges and deep furrows resulting from that crop.The Life of Isaac Ingalls Stevens, Volume II (of 2)|Hazard Stevens
When the harvest time arrives in December, each tenant carries his crop to the mill for grinding.Alila, Our Little Philippine Cousin|Mary Hazelton Wade
But in some soils its presence may add considerably to the weight of a crop of hay, of which it is a factor.Clovers and How to Grow Them|Thomas Shaw
- the amount of such produce in any particular season
- the yield of some other farm producethe lamb crop
- a pouchlike expanded part of the oesophagus of birds, in which food is stored or partially digested before passing on to the gizzard
- a similar structure in insects, earthworms, and other invertebrates
verb crops, cropping or cropped (mainly tr)
Word Origin for crop
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with crop
- crop out
- crop up
- cream of the crop