AskDefine | Define crop

Dictionary Definition



1 the yield from plants in a single growing season [syn: harvest]
2 a collection of people or things appearing together; "the annual crop of students brings a new crop of ideas"
3 the output of something in a season; "the latest crop of fashions is about to hit the stores"
4 the stock or handle of a whip
5 a pouch in many birds and some lower animals that resembles a stomach for storage and preliminary maceration of food [syn: craw]


1 cut short; "She wanted her hair cropped short"
2 prepare for crops; "Work the soil"; "cultivate the land" [syn: cultivate, work]
3 yield crops; "This land crops well"
4 let feed in a field or pasture or meadow [syn: graze, pasture]
5 feed as in a meadow or pasture; "the herd was grazing" [syn: browse, graze, range, pasture]
6 cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of; "dress the plants in the garden" [syn: snip, clip, trim, lop, dress, prune, cut back] [also: cropping, cropped]

User Contributed Dictionary



cropp ‘head or top of a sprout or herb’.


  • (RP): , /krɒp/, /krQp/
  • (US): , /krɑp/, /krAp/
    Rhymes: -ɒp


  1. A plant, especially a cereal, grown for food.
  2. The natural production for a specific year, particularly of plants.
  3. A group, cluster or collection of things occuring at the same time.
    a crop of idea
  4. The lashing end of a whip
  5. An entire short whip, especially as used in horse-riding; a riding crop.
  6. A rocky outcrop.
  7. The act of cropping.
  8. A short haircut.
  9. The head of a flower, especially when picked; an ear of corn; the top branches of a tree.
  10. A pouch-like part of the alimentary tract of some birds (and some other animals), used to store food before digestion, or for regurgitation; a craw.
    • 1892: The bird gave a gulp, and I felt the stone pass along its gullet and down into its crop. — Arthur Conan Doyle, ‘The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle’ (Norton 2005 p.221)
  11. the foliate part of a finial.



plant grown for food
rocky outcrop
act of cropping
short haircut
part of animal’s alimentary tract


  1. To remove the top end of something, especially a plant.
  2. To cut (especially hair or an animal's tail or ears) short.
  3. To remove the outer parts of a photography or image in order to frame the subject better.

Derived terms


remove top part
to cut (hair/tail/ears) short
remove outer parts of (a photograph or image)

Extensive Definition

A crop is any plant that is grown in significant quantities to be harvested as food, livestock fodder, or for any other economic purpose. This category includes crop species as well as agricultural techniques related to cropping.
There are many types of crops that are used for industrial purposes. For example, cash crops, are grown and harvested for the sole purpose of making profit, as they are grown in large amounts in a certain area fitted for growing crops.
crop in Bulgarian: Културно растение
crop in Czech: Užitkové rostliny
crop in German: Feldfrucht
crop in Lithuanian: Kultūriniai augalai
crop in Malay (macrolanguage): Tanaman
crop in Japanese: 農産物
crop in Simple English: Crop
crop in Swedish: Gröda
crop in Tamil: பயிர்
crop in Yiddish: תבואה
crop in Chinese: 农作物

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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