One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(especially of an animal) having the tops of the ears cut off.
- ‘There were the black, the white, the brindle, the grey and the grisly, the rough and the smooth, the crop-eared and the lop-eared, the gaunt and the grim.’
- ‘The Squire put his head out of the window above and bade the crop-eared rascals be off.’
- ‘Lop-eared and crop-eared are opposites.’
- ‘Anne had no attention to spare just then for a crop-eared pussy cat.’
- ‘This has been reported anecdotally to occur in animals that have crop-eared offspring.’
- 1.1 (especially of a Roundhead in the English Civil War) having the hair cut very short.
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