(1)   A pouch in many birds and some lower animals that resembles a stomach for storage and preliminary maceration of food
(2)   The stock or handle of a whip
(3)   The output of something in a season
"The latest crop of fashions is about to hit the stores"
(4)   A collection of people or things appearing together
"The annual crop of students brings a new crop of ideas"
(5)   A cultivated plant that is grown commercially on a large scale
(6)   The yield from plants in a single growing season


(7)   Cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of
"Dress the plants in the garden"
(8)   Cut short
"She wanted her hair cropped short"
(9)   Feed as in a meadow or pasture
"The herd was grazing"
(10)   Yield crops
"This land crops well"
(11)   Prepare for crops
"Work the soil"
"Cultivate the land"


  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 ideas
  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. 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)
  10. The foliate part of a finial.
  11. The head of a flower, especially when picked; an ear of corn; the top branches of a tree.


  • (harvest): harvest, yield
  • (whip used on horses): hunting crop, riding crop, whip, bat
  • (animal’s): craw (in birds)

Related terms

  • crop duster
  • crop dusting
  • cropper
  • hunting crop

  • riding crop
  • sharecrop
  • sharecropper


  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.

See also