crop circle

noun

Definition of crop circle

: a geometric and especially a circular pattern of flattened stalks in a field of grain now usually attributed to natural phenomena or to the work of hoaxers trying to create the impression of a visit by extraterrestrial beings

Examples of crop circle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That crop circle looks like a gigantic eye, which might be of narrative significance. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 22 Oct. 2021 Three years later, in the dead of winter, the Ice Disk arrived, an enormous frozen crop circle that nearly spanned the rushing river. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Oct. 2021 Farmers say they’re fed up with nuisance wildlife and the crop circle-esque damage bears are dealing to their fields. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 14 Sep. 2021 This is all part of the alien invasion that’s included mysterious UFO posters, a giant crop circle in Colossal Crops and UFO abductions of players mid-match. Erik Kain, Forbes, 4 June 2021 There is now a crop circle at Colossal Crops, which is not a huge shock, given that for a few days now, all the crops there have been buzzed down. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 31 May 2021 The new phenomena prompted chatter on social media, with some drawing comparison to crop circles, drum circles or hacky sack circles. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, 21 May 2020 The potatoes are mostly grown on more than 165,000 acres of irrigated crop circles in the Columbia basin. oregonlive, 2 May 2020 The result is a field gashed from tire marks, with deep grooves running in curves that look like shabby crop circles from above. Kody Fisher, Cincinnati.com, 31 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of crop circle

1988, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of crop circle was in 1988

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“Crop circle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crop%20circle. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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