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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.
before 900; Middle English, Old English: sprout, ear of corn, paunch, crown of a tree; cognate with German Kropf; see croup2
Related forms
cropless, adjective
noncrop, adjective
uncropped, adjective
well-cropped, adjective
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 crops
  • Nonetheless, they recommend more use of drought-resistant crops and improved water management.
  • Fish has been cast by the news media as a self-satisfied showman, but not a speck of pretense crops up during our conversation.
  • The prose itself gave frequent nourishing and invigorating crops, if nothing of the rarest fruit.
  • Take in the prairie right and left, rolling land and new hay crops, swaths of new hay laid in the sun.
  • The agriculture sector continued to be affected by the lack of suitable land for farming and the destruction of crops.
  • But practically the whole of this effort has hitherto been directed toward increasing the production of crops.
  • Made mainly from flattened cereal crops such as wheat and barley, these earliest examples were fairly simple in design.
  • We rely currently on annual grain crops to fuel our civilization.
  • Growing crops to make biofuels may accelerate global warming, not slow down its effects, a new study says.
  • They move their homes and herds from time to time to follow sources of food for their herds rather than depend on crops.
British Dictionary definitions for crops


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 crops



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.

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