crop(krop), n., v.,cropped or (Archaic)cropt; crop•ping. n.
Agriculturethe cultivated produce of the ground, while growing or when gathered:the wheat crop.
Agriculturethe 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.[Zool.]
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.
the act of cropping.
a mark produced by clipping the ears, as of cattle.
Clothinga close-cropped hair style.
a head of hair so cut.
an entire tanned hide of an animal.
Mining[Mining.]an outcrop of a vein or seam.
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[Photog.]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.
to bear or yield a crop or crops.
Animal Husbandryto feed by cropping or grazing.
[Geol., 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.
crop up, to appear, esp. suddenly or unexpectedly:A new problem cropped up.
Etymology:bef. 900; Middle English, Old English: sprout, ear of corn, paunch, crown of a tree; cognate with German Kropf; see croup2
crop′less,adj. 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 esp. 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.