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(Horse Training, Riding & Manège) a short whip with a thong at one end and a handle for opening gates at the other
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n., v. cropped, crop•ping. n.
1. the cultivated produce of the ground, while growing or when gathered: the wheat crop.
2. the yield of such produce in one season.
3. the yield of any product in a season.
4. a group of persons or things appearing or occurring together: the new crop of freshmen.
5. the stock or handle of a whip.
6. 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 in the foregut of some annelids and insects for holding and crushing food.
8. a mark produced by clipping the ears, as of cattle.
9. a close cutting of something, as the hair.v.t.
10. to cut or bite off the top of (a plant, grass, etc.): sheep cropping the grass.
11. to cut off the ends or a part of: to crop the ears of a dog.
12. to cut short.
13. to trim (a photographic print or negative).
14. to cause to bear a crop.v.i.
15. to yield a crop.
16. to feed by cropping or grazing.
17. crop out,
a. to rise to the surface of the ground: Veins of quartz crop out in the canyon walls.
b. to occur.
18. crop up, to appear, esp. suddenly or unexpectedly.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English: sprout, ear of corn, paunch, crown of a tree, c. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German kropp, Old High German kropf, Old Norse kroppr; compare croup2]
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