- 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 croppingshave, prune, shear, mow, chop, pare, hew, truncate, clip, reduce, top, shorten, disengage, snip, lop, slash, curtail, detach, skive, pollard
Examples from the Web for cropping
Contemporary Examples of cropping
And Paris is far from alone, the word “Brooklyn” is cropping up all over the world.How Brooklyn Invaded Paris—Next Stop, the World
October 23, 2014
Their family even went to the length of photoshopping Allen out of photographs, and cropping footage of him from family videos.What You Should Know About Woody Allen's Feud With Mia and Ronan Farrow
January 13, 2014
To help them on their way, new blogs, designers, and boutiques promoting Orthodox Jewish style have also been cropping up.Is Suri Cruise Launching a Fashion Line?; Keith Richards' Saint Laurent Tour Wardrobe Up For Sale
The Fashion Beast Team
May 10, 2013
So third-party companies like HealthyWage are cropping up to help groups win cash for weight loss.Workers Earn Money on the Job for Losing Weight
April 10, 2013
New York's gay weddings are cropping up in the most unlikely places—including on the stage of a Tony-winning musical.Broadway's Gay-Marriage Bonanza
July 30, 2011
Historical Examples of cropping
His horse was cropping the grass near the lower side of the grove.Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
We might yet find them near at hand, with trailing bridles, cropping the grass.The Quadroon
I can hear them stamping their hoofs and cropping the rich pasture.Seven and Nine years Among the Camanches and Apaches
I should be glad to be able to forget it, but now it's all cropping up again.The History of Sir Richard Calmady
We can hear them stamping their hoofs and cropping the rich pasture.The Scalp Hunters
- 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