[n. out-krop; v. out-krop]
a cropping out, as of a stratum or vein at the surface of the earth.
the exposed portion of such a stratum or vein.
something that emerges suddenly or violently in the manner of an outcrop; outbreak: an outcrop of student demonstrations.
verb (used without object), outcropped, outcropping.
to crop out, as strata.

1760–70; noun use of verb phrase crop out

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1.  part of a rock formation or mineral vein that appears at the surface of the earth
2.  an emergence; appearance
vb , -crops, -cropping, -cropped
3.  (of rock strata, mineral veins, etc) to protrude through the surface of the earth
4.  another word for crop out

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Word Origin & History

1805, in geology, "exposure of rocks at the surface," from out + crop (q.v.) in its sense of "sprout, head."
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Science Dictionary
outcrop   (out'krŏp')  Pronunciation Key 
An area of visible bedrock that is not covered with soil.
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Example sentences
Secondly, at this location there is a rock outcropping which goes into the
  water a bit.
He worked himself down to a wider outcropping and hunkered there with his back
  against the limestone and his eyes closed.
Two commandos move left, away from the forest cover into a rocky outcropping.
The second series of pictures shows what appears to me to be a large rocky
  outcropping with no sense of scale.
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