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Pronunciation: (krop), [key]
n., v., cropped or (Archaic) cropt; crop•ping.

1. the cultivated produce of the ground, while growing or when gathered: the wheat crop.
2. the yield of such produce for a particular season.
3. the yield of some other product in a season: the crop of diamonds.
4. a supply produced.
5. a collection or group of persons or things appearing or occurring together: this year's crop of students.
6. the stock or handle of a whip.
7. Also called riding crop. a short riding whip consisting of a stock without a lash.
8. Also called craw. Zool.
a. a pouch in the esophagus of many birds, in which food is held for later digestion or for regurgitation to nestlings.
b. a chamber or pouch in the foregut of arthropods and annelids for holding and partly crushing food.
9. the act of cropping.
10. a mark produced by clipping the ears, as of cattle.
11. a close-cropped hair style.
12. a head of hair so cut.
13. an entire tanned hide of an animal.
14. Mining.an outcrop of a vein or seam.

1. to cut off or remove the head or top of (a plant, grass, etc.).
2. to cut off the ends or a part of: to crop the ears of a dog.
3. to cut short.
4. to clip the ears, hair, etc., of.
5. Photog.to cut off or mask the unwanted parts of (a print or negative).
6. to cause to bear a crop or crops.
7. to graze off (the tops of plants, grass, etc.): The sheep cropped the lawn.

1. to bear or yield a crop or crops.
2. to feed by cropping or grazing.
3. crop out,
a. Geol., Mining.to rise to the surface of the ground: Veins of quartz crop out in the canyon walls.
b. to become evident or visible; occur: A few cases of smallpox still crop out every now and then.
4. crop up, to appear, esp. suddenly or unexpectedly: A new problem cropped up.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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