WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
crop /krɑp/USA pronunciation n., v., cropped, crop•ping.
n. [countable] Agriculturethe plant, or the product of a plant, produced while growing or when gathered:the wheat crop. Agriculturethe yield of such produce grown in one season; harvest:The winter wheat crop was the largest in years. the yield of any product in a season:the maple syrup crop. a group of persons or things appearing or occurring together: the new crop of freshmen. Anatomy, ZoologyAlso calledcraw.a pouch in the food passage of many birds, in which food is held for later digestion. Clothinga close cutting of something, such as the hair:a short crop of hair.
v.  [+ object] to cut or bite off the top of (a plant, etc.):sheep cropping the grass. [+ object] to cut off the ends or a part of:to crop the ears of a dog. [+ object] to cut short:to crop the hair. Photography[+ object] to trim (a photographic print or negative). crop up, [no object] to appear, esp. suddenly:As soon as we deal with one emergency, another crops up.

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crop /krɒp/ n
  1. the produce of cultivated plants, esp cereals, vegetables, and fruit
  2. the amount of such produce in any particular season
  3. the yield of some other farm produce: the lamb crop
  4. a group of products, thoughts, people, etc, appearing at one time or in one season
  5. the stock of a thonged whip
  6. short for riding crop
  7. a pouchlike expanded part of the oesophagus of birds, in which food is stored or partially digested before passing on to the gizzard
  8. a short cropped hairstyle
  9. a notch in or a piece cut out of the ear of an animal
  10. the act of cropping
vb (crops, cropping, cropped)(mainly tr)
  1. to cut (hair, grass, etc) very short
  2. to cut and collect (mature produce) from the land or plant on which it has been grown
  3. to clip part of (the ear or ears) of (an animal), esp as a means of identification
  4. (of herbivorous animals) to graze on (grass or similar vegetation)

See also crop out, crop upEtymology: Old English cropp; related to Old Norse kroppr rump, body, Old High German kropf goitre, Norwegian kröypa to bend

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