4a pouch in a bird’s gullet where food is stored or prepared for digestion.
an organ resembling a bird’s crop in an insect or earthworm.
verb (crops, cropping, cropped)
1cut (something, especially a person’s hair) very short: (as adjective cropped)cropped blond hair
(of an animal) bite off and eat the tops of (plants):the horse was gratefully cropping the grass
cut the edges of (a photograph) in order to produce a better picture or to fit a given space.
2harvest (plants or their produce) from a particular area:hay would have been cropped several times through the summer
sow or plant (land) with plants that will produce food or fodder, especially on a large commercial scale:the southern areas are cropped in cotton (as adjective cropped)intensively cropped areas
(of rock) appear or be exposed at the surface of the earth.
appear, occur, or come to one’s notice unexpectedly:some urgent business had cropped up
Old English, of Germanic origin; related to German Kropf. From Old English to the late 18th century there existed a sense 'flower head, ear of corn', giving rise to sense 1 of the noun and senses referring to the top of something, whence sense 3 of the noun