5a pouch in a bird’s gullet where food is stored or prepared for digestion:the parent waxbill partially digests food in its crop
an organ resembling a pouch in an insect or earthworm.
6the entire tanned hide of an animal.
verb (crops, cropping, cropped)
1 [with object] cut (something, especially a person’s hair) very short: (as adjective cropped)cropped blonde 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:you can always crop the picture afterwards
2 [with object] harvest (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, with submodifier cropped)intensively cropped areas
[no object] (of land or a plant) yield a harvest of plants or produce:the parsley will need protection to continue cropping through the winter
(of rock) appear or be exposed at the surface of the earth:high hills are found where the igneous rocks of eastern South Uist crop out
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 4 of the noun