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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.