- a cropping out, as of a stratum or vein at the surface of the earth.
- the exposed portion of such a stratum or vein.
- something that emerges suddenly or violently in the manner of an outcrop; outbreak: an outcrop of student demonstrations.
verb (used without object), out·cropped, out·crop·ping.
- to crop out, as strata.
- part of a rock formation or mineral vein that appears at the surface of the earth
- an emergence; appearance
verb (ˌaʊtˈkrɒp) -crops, -cropping or -cropped (intr)
- (of rock strata, mineral veins, etc) to protrude through the surface of the earth
- another word for crop out
n.1805, in geology, “exposure of rocks at the surface,” from out + crop (n.) in its sense of “sprout, head.”
- An area of visible bedrock that is not covered with soil.