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In transitive terms the difference between prune and crop

is that prune is to remove excess material from a tree or shrub; to trim, especially to make more healthy or productive while crop is to cause to bear a crop.

prune

English

(wikipedia prune)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) prune, from (etyl) , a loanword from a language of Asia Minor.

Noun

(en noun)
  • (obsolete) A plum.
  • The dried, wrinkled fruit of certain species of plum.
  • (slang) An old woman, especially a wrinkly one.
  • Synonyms
    * see
    Derived terms
    * German prune * prune tree * pruney * South African prune

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) 'to round-off the front'.

    Verb

    (prun)
  • To remove excess material from a tree or shrub; to trim, especially to make more healthy or productive.
  • A good grape grower will prune his vines once a year.
  • * Milton
  • Our delightful task / To prune these growing plants, and tend these flowers.
  • (figuratively) To cut down or shorten (by the removal of unnecessary material).
  • to prune a budget, or an essay
  • * Francis Bacon
  • taking into consideration how they [laws] are to be pruned and reformed
  • (obsolete) To preen; to prepare; to dress.
  • * Shakespeare
  • His royal bird / Prunes the immortal wing and cloys his beak.
    (Dryden)
    (Spenser)
    Derived terms
    * (l) * (l)

    Anagrams

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    crop

    English

    Etymology 1

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

    Noun

    (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)
    Synonyms
    * (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.

    Verb

    (cropp)
  • 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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