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crop

(krŏp)
n.
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.

crop

  1. in vertebrates, particularly some birds, an expanded part of the oesophagus where food is stored.
  2. in invertebrates, an expansion of the anterior part of the gut system where food is either digested or stored.
  3. the agricultural or commercial fishery yield.
  4. in ecological terms, the difference between gross annual production and the net production - i.e. the material eaten by predators (or herbivores where the food is a vegetable), including that taken by man, and that consumed by organisms responsible for decay. See STANDING CROP.

crop

1. a saccular diverticulum of the esophagus just anterior to the entrance to the thorax. Present in all domestic birds.
2. domesticated plants sown and harvested for use by humans.
3. a cosmetic surgical procedure carried out on the ears of dogs of certain breeds. See ear cropping.

crop-bound
impaction of the crop in a bird.
crop-eared
small eared.
crop flush
1. treatment of a sick bird by a flushing out, with normal saline via an esophageal tube, of food and debris from the crop.
2. see also crop wash (below).
impacted crop
distention of the crop with undigested food.
crop milk
crumbly material, composed of lipid-laden, desquamated epithelial cells mixed with food, elaborated by both male and female pigeons in the crop and regurgitated to feed the nestlings.
pendulous crop
a condition of domesticated birds in which the crop becomes very distended and full of feed. Sporadic cases only, but there is an inherited predisposition to gross distention in turkeys. Called also impacted crop or crop bound.
crop residues
the remains of a crop after the commercially sought part of it has been harvested, e.g. wheat stubble, pea haulms, oaten straw.
crop wash
used in the differential diagnosis of trichomoniasis and candidiasis and to assess crop flora in birds with regurgitation and other signs referable to upper alimentary tract disease.
References in classic literature ?
Or, you'll lose your bet on the cotton crop, by keeping him out of the field, just at this very press.
Consult my brother agriculturists in the mere farming line -- do they get their crops for the asking?
Instead of travelling back and forth, often to no purpose, the farmer may now stay at home and attend to his stock and his crops.
He's good corn, he will make a good crop when the time comes.
Horticulture seemed, however, to have been abandoned in the deserted kitchen-garden; and where cabbages, carrots, radishes, pease, and melons had once flourished, a scanty crop of lucerne alone bore evidence of its being deemed worthy of cultivation.
What I did next I scarcely know, for I had never before found myself in such a position; but I believe that I broke all restraints, and made the old man feel thoroughly ashamed of himself--Thedora helping me in the task, and well-nigh turning him neck and crop out of the tenement.
At harvest time, though their crop was of the smallest, they made an image with the sheaves of Indian corn, and wreathed it with autumnal garlands, and bore it home triumphantly.
For one reason; Farag, the kennel huntsman, in khaki and puttees, would obey nothing under the rank of an Excellency, and the hounds would obey no one but Farag; for another, the best way of estimating crop returns and revenue was by riding straight to hounds; for a third, though Judges down the river issued signed and sealed land-titles to all lawful owners, yet public opinion along the river never held any such title valid till it had been confirmed, according to precedent, by the Governor's hunting crop in the hunting field, above the wilfully neglected earth.
Three minutes later he was telling me that the condition of the maize crop was something disgraceful, and that the railway companies would not pay him enough for his timber.
It always makes me think of a ship sailing into port, Nellie," Rose had once exclaimed, "the crop coming in.
It was at the time of the ripening rice, and the myriads of birds which came to feed on the coming crop was a serious menace, not only to the district, but to the country at large.
The principal crop is corn, and they raise it and grind it just as their great-great-great-grandfathers did.