Cane vs Crop - What's the difference?

cane | crop |

As a proper noun cane

is (linguistics).

As a noun crop is

a plant, especially a cereal, grown to be harvested as food, livestock fodder or fuel or for any other economic purpose.

As a verb crop is

to remove the top end of something, especially a plant.




  • To do with a plant with simple stems, like bamboo or sugar cane.
  • # (uncountable) The slender, flexible main stem of a plant such as bamboo, including many species in the grass family Gramineae.
  • # (uncountable) The plant itself, including many species in the grass family Gramineae; a reed.
  • # (uncountable) Sugar cane.
  • #* {{quote-book, year=1907, author=
  • , chapter=7, title= The Dust of Conflict , passage=Still, a dozen men with rifles, and cartridges to match, stayed behind when they filed through a white aldea lying silent amid the cane , and the Sin Verguenza swung into slightly quicker stride.}}
  • # (US, Southern) Maize or, rarely, sorghum, when such plants are processed to make molasses (treacle) or sugar.
  • The stem of such a plant adapted for use as a tool.
  • # (countable) A short rod or stick, traditionally of wood or bamboo, used for corporal punishment.
  • # (uncountable) Corporal punishment by beating with a cane.
  • # A lance or dart made of cane.
  • #* (John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • Judgelike thou sitt'st, to praise or to arraign / The flying skirmish of the darted cane .
  • A rod-shaped tool or device, somewhat like a cane.
  • # (countable) A strong short staff used for support or decoration during walking; a walking stick.
  • #* {{quote-book, year=1905, author=
  • , title= , chapter=2 citation , passage=The cane was undoubtedly of foreign make, for it had a solid silver ferrule at one end, which was not English hall–marked.}}
  • #* , chapter=10
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=Men that I knew around Wapatomac didn't wear high, shiny plug hats, nor yeller spring overcoats, nor carry canes with ivory heads as big as a catboat's anchor, as you might say.}}
  • # (countable, glassblowing) A length of colored and/or patterned glass rod, used in the specific glassblowing technique called caneworking.
  • # (countable) A long rod often collapsible and commonly white (for visibility to other persons), used by vision impaired persons for guidance in determining their course and for probing for obstacles in their path.
  • (uncountable) Split rattan, as used in wickerwork, basketry and the like.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , chapter=1, title= The China Governess , passage=The half-dozen pieces […] were painted white and carved with festoons of flowers, birds and cupids. […]  The bed was the most extravagant piece.  Its graceful cane halftester rose high towards the cornice and was so festooned in carved white wood that the effect was positively insecure, as if the great couch were trimmed with icing sugar.}}
  • A local European measure of length; the canna.
  • Synonyms

    * (the slender flexible stem of a plant such as bamboo) stem, stalk; (of a tree) trunk * (the plant itself) reed * (sugar cane) molasses cane * switch, rod * (corporal punishment by beating with a cane) the cane, a caning, six of the best, whipping, cuts * (strong short staff used for support during walking) staff, walking stick * (a long rod often collapsible) white cane, blind man's cane

    Derived terms

    * bamboo cane * blind man's cane * cane knife * cane rat * cane sugar * cane toad * caneworking * floricane * primocane * sugar cane * walking cane * white cane


  • To strike or beat with a cane or similar implement.
  • (British, New Zealand, slang) To destroy.
  • (British, New Zealand, slang) To do something well, in a competent fashion.
  • (UK, slang, intransitive) To produce extreme pain.
  • Don't hit me with that. It really canes !
    Mate, my legs cane !
  • To make or furnish with cane or rattan.
  • to cane chairs


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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) crop, croppe, from (etyl) crop, cropp, .


    (en noun)
  • A plant, especially a cereal, grown to be harvested as food, livestock fodder or fuel or for any other economic purpose.
  • The natural production for a specific year, particularly of plants.
  • A group, cluster or collection of things occurring at the same time.
  • a crop of ideas
  • The lashing end of a whip
  • An entire short whip, especially as used in horse-riding; a riding crop.
  • A rocky outcrop.
  • The act of .
  • A short haircut.
  • (anatomy) A pouch-like part of the alimentary tract of some birds (and some other animals), used to store food before digestion, or for regurgitation; a craw.
  • * XIX c. , George MacDonald, The Early Bird :
  • A little bird sat on the edge of her nest;
    Her yellow-beaks slept as sound as tops;
    Day-long she had worked almost without rest,
    And had filled every one of their gibbous crops ;
  • * 1892 , , "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle", 2005 Norton edition, page 221:
  • The bird gave a gulp, and I felt the stone pass along its gullet and down into its crop .
  • (architecture) The foliate part of a finial.
  • (archaic, or, dialect) The head of a flower, especially when picked; an ear of corn; the top branches of a tree.
  • (mining) Tin ore prepared for smelting.
  • (mining) Outcrop of a vein or seam at the surface.
  • (Knight)
    * (harvest) harvest, yield * (whip used on horses) hunting crop, riding crop, whip, bat * (sense, animal's) craw (in birds)

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) . Literally, to take off the crop (top, head, ear) of a plant. See Etymology 1.


  • To remove the top end of something, especially a plant.
  • * Bible, Ezekiel xvii. 22
  • I will crop off from the top of his young twigs a tender one.
  • To cut (especially hair or an animal's tail or ears) short.
  • To remove the outer parts of a photograph or image in order to frame the subject better.
  • To yield harvest.
  • To cause to bear a crop.
  • to crop a field
    Derived terms
    * outcrop * crop up

    See also

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