Definition of crop in English:
- In addition to rice, they also grow some other edible crops and plant vegetables and fruit around the edge of their plots.
- The crop is grown commercially only in those regions where the plants are forced into a rest period by cold or drought.
- These four crops accounted for 52 percent of U.S. acres planted to crops excluding fruits and vegetables in 2001.
- He was harvesting the crops, and had gathered in his arms a large bundle of corn.
- When the crop was harvested, pesticide residues were found to exceed the legal limit.
- They have to harvest the crop with almost military precision and at a pace almost as hectic as war.
- The electric blue eyes beam between a dark crop of lush hair and a rich beard.
- He's tall, with a healthy crop of white hair.
- He went under the razor and sacrificed his crop of red hair to raise money for his son's special school.
- Every season, first books appear by a crop of new writers worthy of ink and paper.
- The president's advisors will be worried by the latest crop of polls which appear to indicate a groundswell of dissatisfaction with their man.
- The new crop of boats appears to be designed and built by committee, the accountants and people with no practical experience.
- Buns, twists, chignons and hair knots generally work for most hair types, textures and lengths except super short chops and crops.
- While I was eating, my mom fussed with my short crop of red hair.
- Her back was turned to me, so I could only see her short crop of black hair and the red mantle she wore.
- Serotonin is a biogenic amine that modulates smooth muscle contractions of the crop and gizzard of the earthworm, Lumbricus terrestris.
- A comparison of specific organs revealed a huge difference in ethyl oleate found in the crop, an organ used for nectar storage.
verb (crops, cropping, cropped)[with object] Back to top
- Her blond hair was cropped short and framed her face.
- He had short cropped blonde hair and friendly ice blue eyes.
- Her blonde hair was cropped even shorter and her aquamarine eyes were not red rimmed like Julia's.
- Some distance behind him a black horse cropped the grass.
- Deer cropped the springy turf beside us, so close we could hear every snuffle and chomp.
- On the hillside below them half a dozen sheep cropped the sunlit grass and kept a wary eye.
- In the past, photographs were cropped to alter their meaning, mis-captioned and retouched.
- She had already cropped this photograph to fit the rectangular print into the square format of the book.
- They cropped the photograph of her friend.
- Set-aside payments will not help the farmer much because the subsidy is the same as if it had been cropped, but without the actual crop to sell.
- It should be farmers' priority in Zambia to cut cotton stalks immediately after cropping if they are to avoid serious infestation of pests and diseases and achieve better yields.
- First earlies are planted between the end of March and early April and take about 100 days before cropping.
- Southeastern soils have been intensively cropped and are prone to drought and erosion.
- Virtually all land is double cropped, and many farmers cultivate three or four crops a year.
- Land must be cropped in order to pay the bills.
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.
From around ad 700 to the late 18th century crop, related to group (late 17th century), had a sense ‘flower head, ear of corn’, which gave rise to the main modern meaning ‘a cultivated plant grown on a large scale’ and also to senses referring to the top of something, such as the verb uses ‘to cut very short’ or ‘to bite off and eat the tops of plants’. The sense ‘a very short hairstyle’ goes back to the late 18th century but is particularly associated with the 1920s, when the Eton crop, reminiscent of the style then worn at the English public school Eton, was fashionable for young women.
To come a cropper is to suffer a defeat or disaster. The origin of the phrase may be the 19th-century hunting slang term ‘cropper’, meaning ‘a heavy fall’. Cropper probably came from neck and crop, an expression meaning ‘completely or thoroughly’ and originally used in the context of a horse falling to the ground. Crop here referred either to the rider's whip (originally the top part of a whip) or the horse's hindquarters. This sense is found in Old French croupe ‘rump’, which appears as croup in Middle English, and is the source of the crupper (Middle English), the bit of harness that goes from the saddle under the horse's tail, and which lies behind the word croupier (early 18th century). In early use, this was a term for a person standing behind a gambler to give advice, adopted from French, cropier ‘pillion rider, rider on the croup’.
- (Of rock) appear or be exposed at the surface of the earth.Example sentences
- At the base of the erosional hollow, an inlier of Jurassic rocks crops out below the late Cimmerian unconformity.
- The nature of the Lower Palaeozoic rocks which crop out in the peninsula therefore hold important evidence for the Caledonian evolution of the area.
- The Hammamat Group is a sequence of immature, clastic sedimentary rocks that crop out sporadically throughout the central and northern segments of the Eastern Desert of Egypt.
- Appear, occur, or come to one’s notice unexpectedly: some urgent business had cropped upMore example sentences
- It's a problem we've noticed before and it seems to crop up at random intervals.
- Unless something unexpected crops up this year, this test looks like something a lot of us should try next year.
- It is not something that crops up on a day to day basis in terms of business.
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