—cropless, adj.n.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.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.v.t.15. to cut off or remove the head or top of (a plant, grass, etc.).16. to cut off the ends or a part of: to crop the ears of a dog.17. to cut short.18. to clip the ears, hair, etc., of.19. Photog. to cut off or mask the unwanted parts of (a print or negative).20. to cause to bear a crop or crops.21. to graze off (the tops of plants, grass, etc.): The sheep cropped the lawn.v.i.22. to bear or yield a crop or crops.23. to feed by cropping or grazing.24. 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.25. crop up, to appear, esp. suddenly or unexpectedly: A new problem cropped up.Syn. 1. CROP, HARVEST, PRODUCE, YIELD refer to the return in food obtained from land at the end of a season of growth. CROP, the term common in agricultural and commercial use, denotes the amount produced at one cutting or for one particular season: the potato crop. HARVEST denotes either the time of reaping and gathering, or the gathering, or that which is gathered: the season of harvest; to work in a harvest; a ripe harvest. PRODUCE esp. denotes household vegetables: Produce from the fields and gardens was taken to market. YIELD emphasizes what is given by the land in return for expenditure of time and labor: There was a heavy yield of grain this year.
* * *IIn agriculture, a plant or plant product that can be grown and harvested extensively for profit or subsistence.By use, crops fall into six categories: food crops, for human consumption (e.g., wheat, potatoes); feed crops, for livestock consumption (e.g., oats, alfalfa); fibre crops, for cordage and textiles (e.g., cotton, hemp); oil crops, for consumption or industrial uses (e.g., cottonseed, corn); ornamental crops, for landscape gardening (e.g., dogwood, azalea); and industrial and secondary crops, for various personal and industrial uses (e.g., rubber, tobacco).II(as used in expressions)
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