crop

noun
\ ˈkräp How to pronounce crop (audio) \

Definition of crop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a pouched enlargement of the esophagus of many birds that serves as a receptacle for food and for its preliminary maceration also : an enlargement of the digestive tract of another animal (such as an insect)
2a(1) : a plant or animal or plant or animal product that can be grown and harvested extensively for profit or subsistence an apple crop a crop of wool
(2) : the total yearly production from a specified area
b : the product or yield of something formed together the ice crop
c : a batch or lot of something produced during a particular cycle the current crop of films
d : collection a crop of lies
3 : the stock or handle of a whip also : a riding whip with a short straight stock and a loop
4 [crop entry 2]
a : the part of the chine of a quadruped (such as a domestic cow) lying immediately behind the withers usually used in plural — see cow illustration
b : an earmark on an animal especially : one made by a straight cut squarely removing the upper part of the ear
c : a close cut of the hair He has a thick crop of hair.

crop

verb
cropped; cropping

Definition of crop (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to remove the upper or outer parts of crop a hedge crop a dog's ears
b : harvest crop trout
c : to cut off short : trim crop a photograph
2 : to cause (land) to bear a crop planned to crop another 40 acres also : to grow as a crop

intransitive verb

1 : to feed by cropping something
2 : to yield or make a crop
3 : to appear unexpectedly or casually Problems crop up daily.

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Synonyms for crop

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of crop in a Sentence

Noun Tobacco is their main crop. They sprayed the crops with a pesticide. The teachers got ready for a new crop of students. a new crop of horror movies Verb The picture was cropped badly. We had to crop the image to fit it into the frame. Her hair was cropped short.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wicked Tulips, an Exeter, Rhode Island, tulip farm, has opened a second farm in Preston and will offer its first u-pick crop to customers in early May. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "You can soon stroll through 300,000 tulips and pick your own bouquet at this Connecticut farm," 25 Apr. 2021 So, get some good organic potting soil or seed starting mix to give your crop a great start in life. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Microgreen magic: The triumph of the indoor farmer," 15 Apr. 2021 There wasn't much of the fruit to go around, anyway — AC Brands, the company behind Sumo Citrus, started selling its produce here in 2011 and increased its crop over time. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "How fruit influencers helped make Sumo Citrus a cult favorite," 31 Mar. 2021 But its minor-league crop is deemed thin by those who make such evaluations public. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "Analysts rank A's farm system among MLB's thinnest. How do they feel about it?," 19 Mar. 2021 Last month, with the start of the spring semester, Cornell’s fraternities began recruiting their latest crop of pledges. BostonGlobe.com, "At Cornell University, a freshman student is found dead after fraternity hazing, but case is closed with few answers," 13 Mar. 2021 Last month, with the start of the spring semester, Cornell’s fraternities began recruiting their latest crop of pledges. New York Times, "A Drunken Hazing, a Fatal Fall and a Cornell Fraternity’s Silence," 13 Mar. 2021 Some large growers do intentionally irradiate their crop, however. Sara Chodosh, Popular Science, "4 benefits of eating mushrooms," 9 Mar. 2021 With an initial hard few years now stretching into a decade, coffee farmers like Ms. Gonzalez face a tough decision: stay loyal to their coffee crop or find a new way to survive. Anna-catherine Brigida, The Christian Science Monitor, "How Nicaraguan coffee farmers are adapting to climate change," 2 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Now, House Democrats want to make sure the theme doesn't crop up in public pronouncements by lawmakers as local law enforcement incidents across the country trigger violent street protests. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Democrats try to steer clear of 'defund the police' messaging for now," 16 Apr. 2021 There's also a small chance that storms that crop up will pack a punch mainly south of Interstate 10. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, "Showers could pack a punch over Houston this week," 14 Apr. 2021 Rare side effects remain a concern, however, and the limited number of people involved in a clinical trial means that these problems won’t necessarily crop up in initial testing. Dennis Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "How safe are the new COVID-19 vaccines? And how do mRNA vaccines work?," 4 Dec. 2020 Beginning next week, schools will have to close for 10 days only if at least four coronavirus cases crop up in separate classrooms in a seven-day period. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: April 8-14, 2021," 15 Apr. 2021 But robots will probably continue to crop up in new places as firms lay the groundwork for something more advanced to come along. Washington Post, "Why it will be years before robot butlers take over your household chores," 23 Mar. 2021 When some of these Virginia Woolf references first began to crop up, that story felt vaguely exciting. Rosalind Jana, refinery29.com, "Why Do Fashion People Love Virginia Woolf So Much?," 30 Mar. 2021 Issues began to crop up Friday when Cup and Trucks held their practice sessions. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "NASCAR at Bristol live stream (3/29): How to watch postponed Food City Dirt Race online, TV, time," 29 Mar. 2021 Issues began to crop up Friday when Cup and Trucks held their practice sessions. Jenna Fryer, orlandosentinel.com, "NASCAR hopes its dirt-track plans don’t turn to complete mud despite postponement," 29 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of crop

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for crop

Noun and Verb

Middle English, craw, head of a plant, yield of a field, from Old English cropp craw, head of a plant; akin to Old High German kropf goiter, craw

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“Crop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crop. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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crop

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a plant or plant product that is grown by farmers
: the amount of a crop that is gathered at one time or in one season
: a group of people who begin to do something at the same time

crop

verb

English Language Learners Definition of crop (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut off the upper or outer parts of (something)
: to cut off part of (a picture or photograph)
: to cut (someone's hair) short

crop

noun
\ ˈkräp How to pronounce crop (audio) \

Kids Definition of crop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a plant or plant product that is grown and harvested Corn is their main crop.
2 : the amount gathered or harvested : harvest a crop of wheat
3 : a short riding whip
4 : an enlargement just above the stomach of a bird or insect in which food is temporarily stored
5 : batch sense 2, lot There is a new crop of movies out.
6 : a close cut of the hair

crop

verb
cropped; cropping

Kids Definition of crop (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to remove (as by cutting or biting) the upper or outer parts of : trim
2 : to grow or yield a crop (as of grain) : cause (land) to bear a crop
crop up
: to come or appear when not expected Problems crop up daily.

crop

noun
\ ˈkräp How to pronounce crop (audio) \

Medical Definition of crop

: a pouched enlargement of the gullet of many birds that serves as a receptacle for food and for its preliminary maceration

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