crop circle

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crop circle

n.
A usually circular pattern or group of patterns occurring in a field as the result of the flattening of the stems of grain or other crops, often as a prank to claim extraterrestrial or paranormal origin.

crop circle

n
(Agriculture) any of various patterns, usually wholly or partly consisting of ring shapes, formed by the unexplained flattening of cereals growing in a field
Translations
kornsirkel
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At this time of year, it's usually gleeful snaps of stretch-marked celebs on the beaches, a Beast of Bont sighting, an outbreak of alien crop circles or Lembit Opik warning that humanity will be wiped out by an asteroid - although after the way the Lib Dem ladies' man has behaved this year, he's more likely to be floored by a flying dinner plate.
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