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 The majority of the crop is Hass avocados, a creamy variety that was created and patented by Hacienda Heights farmer Rudolph Hass in 1935. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: North Park’s Nomad Donuts revamps its menu to offer full breakfast," 6 Apr. 2021 The result, the lawsuit says, is that the cost of crop inputs dramatically outpaces yields, pushing some farms into bankruptcy. Rebecca Boone, Star Tribune, "Farmers file antitrust lawsuit against big ag companies," 5 Apr. 2021 Use of the crop is prohibited in the morning except for safety reasons. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: TVG, Santa Anita make the right calls," 15 Mar. 2021 But the bitter chill also killed off many trees’ new blooms, likely destroying three-quarters of the next crop and amounting to another $225 million in damage, according to Texas Citrus estimates. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Dead Chickens, Frozen Oranges Confront Farmers in South After Severe Cold," 25 Feb. 2021 In some cases, 30 percent of the oyster crop was ruined. Halle Parker | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Massive, unexplained bivalve die-off sends many Louisiana oystermen back to square one," 31 Jan. 2021 The hives create a kind of fence that protects farmers' land from crop-raiding elephants, while honey sales put money into their pockets. Gina Decaprio Vercesi, Travel + Leisure, "Deep in Uganda's Kyambura Gorge, An Endangered Group of Chimpanzees Has Survived Against All Odds," 20 Mar. 2021 Toads released to eat crop-loving beetles took over Australia, and ivy brought to the New World for decoration has toppled native trees. Grace Wade, Popular Science, "Pablo Escobar’s hippos might be filling an ancient ecological niche," 9 Mar. 2021 Over the past 70 years, the U.S. has increased crop production with ever more sophisticated seed technologies and highly mechanized farming methods that employ far fewer workers. Thomas Hertel, The Conversation, "Growing food and protecting nature don’t have to conflict – here’s how they can work together," 9 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Shortly thereafter, the bag began to crop up on celebrities. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Jennifer Aniston, Selena Gomez, and Laura Harrier’s New It-Bag is Perfect for Spring," 19 Mar. 2021 Many officials are seeing a second wave decidedly worse than the first, as both the highly transmissible British variant and the South African one have started to crop up across the continent. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, "Why Does the Pandemic Seem to Be Hitting Some Countries Harder Than Others?," 22 Feb. 2021 That’s a milestone FDA set because historically, vaccine side effects don’t crop up later than that. Dallas News, "Pfizer, BioNTech seek emergency use of COVID-19 shots in U.S.," 20 Nov. 2020 That’s a milestone FDA set because historically, vaccine side effects don’t crop up later than that. Lauran Neergaard, chicagotribune.com, "Pfizer seeking emergency use of COVID-19 vaccine in the US, which could bring first batch of shots to public by December," 20 Nov. 2020 That’s a milestone FDA set because historically, vaccine side effects don’t crop up later than that. Lauran Neergaard, Anchorage Daily News, "Pfizer and German partner BioNTech seeking emergency use of COVID-19 vaccine in US," 20 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of crop was before the 12th century

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10 Apr 2021

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“Crop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crop. Accessed 17 Apr. 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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