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crop

 (krŏp)
n.
1.
a. Cultivated plants or agricultural produce, such as grain, vegetables, or fruit, considered as a group: Wheat is a common crop.
b. The total yield of such produce in a particular season or place: an orchard that produced a huge crop of apples last year.
2. A group, quantity, or supply appearing at one time: a crop of new ideas.
3. A short haircut.
4. An earmark on an animal.
5.
a. A short whip used in horseback riding, with a loop serving as a lash.
b. The stock of a whip.
6. Zoology
a. A pouchlike enlargement of a bird's gullet in which food is partially digested or stored for regurgitation to nestlings.
b. A similar enlargement in the digestive tract of annelids and insects.
v. cropped, crop·ping, crops
v.tr.
1.
a. To cut or bite off the tops or ends of: crop a hedge; sheep cropping grass.
b. To cut (hair, for example) very short.
c. To clip (an animal's ears, for example).
d. To trim (a photograph or picture, for example).
2.
a. To harvest: crop salmon.
b. To cause to grow or yield a crop.
v.intr.
1. To feed on growing grasses and herbage.
2. To plant, grow, or yield a crop.
Phrasal Verb:
crop up
To appear unexpectedly or occasionally: "one of the many theories that keep cropping up in his story" (Christopher Lehmann-Haupt).

[Middle English, from Old English cropp, ear of grain.]

cropping

(ˈkrɒpɪŋ)
n
(Photography) the trimming or masking of unwanted edges or areas of a negative or print

cropping

Cutting or framing an image to improve the composition of the image.
References in classic literature ?
The next morning the old horse was found without his saddle, and with the bridle under his feet, soberly cropping the grass at his master's gate.
I distinguished a moor-sheep cropping the short turf on the graves.
In the room over that, a little flabby terrier of a clerk with dangling hair (his cropping seemed to have been forgotten when he was a puppy) was similarly engaged with a man with weak eyes, whom Mr.