- 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.
Origin of crop
Related Words for cropoutput, product, produce, yield, shave, prune, shear, vintage, gathering, reaping, gleaning, fruitage, byproduct, fruits, mow, chop, pare, hew, truncate, clip
Examples from the Web for crop
Contemporary Examples of 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’
January 4, 2015
Now, she was handpicking a crop that was much lighter than previous years.Liberia’s Ebola Famine
Abby Haglage, Nina Strochlic
November 13, 2014
But since the crop is not grown domestically, it needs to be imported.Chinese Getting Hooked on the Middle East's Favorite Drug
October 20, 2014
But if you choose to conduct your discourse in 140-word snaps, or soundbites, then you reap the crop of dumb that you sow.Why We Should Hate 'Haters Gonna Hate'
August 25, 2014
She looks uncannily like Mark, with a crop of soft dark curls.Parents Sue for 'Wrongful Birth'
August 17, 2014
Historical Examples of crop
Now as for these rotters, I'll plant a crop of fists on their faces.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
Now, every man who was a handful or two short of his crop began to look at us doubtfully.The Trail Book
If he'd been beat off, there'd been trouble; the Stewards have got the other race in their crop a bit yet.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
The soil is hard, and the crop after the expenditure of much toil is often very scanty.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
I sold my crop on this day se'ennight, and sold it very well.The Letters of Robert Burns
- 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