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 formscrop·less, adjectivenon·crop, adjectiveun·cropped, adjectivewell-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.
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British Dictionary definitions for crop out (1 of 2)

crop out


verb

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

British Dictionary definitions for crop out (2 of 2)

crop

/ (krɒp) /

noun

verb crops, cropping or cropped (mainly tr)

See also crop out, crop up

Word Origin for crop

Old English cropp; related to Old Norse kroppr rump, body, Old High German kropf goitre, Norwegian kröypa to bend
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Idioms and Phrases with crop out (1 of 2)

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]

Idioms and Phrases with crop out (2 of 2)

crop


In addition to the idioms beginning with crop

  • crop out
  • crop up

also see:

  • cream of the crop
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