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HOP, n. The fruit of the dog-rose, or wild brier.




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HOP, n. The fruit of the dog-rose, or wild brier.


HOP, n.

  1. A leap on one leg; a leap; a jump; a spring.
  2. A dance. [Colloquial.]

HOP, n. [D. hop; G. hopfen; probably hoop, from winding.]

A plant constituting the genus Humulus. The stalk or vine, which grows to a great length, is weak and requires to be supported. In growing, it climbs or winds round a pole or other support. This plant is of great importance in brewing, as it tends to preserve malt liquors, and renders them more salubrious. Encyc.


HOP, v.i. [Sax. hoppan; G. hüpfen; D. huppelen; Sw. hoppa; Dan. hopper; W. hobelu, to hop, to hobble. It has the elements of caper.]

  1. To leap, or spring on one leg; applied to persons.
  2. To leap; to spring forward by leaps; to skip, as birds. Hopping from spray to spray. Dryden.
  3. To walk lame; to limp; to halt. [We generally use hobble.]
  4. To move by leaps or starts, as the blood in the veins. [Not used.] Spenser.
  5. To spring; to leap; to frisk about.
  6. To dance. Chaucer.

HOP, v.t.

To impregnate with hops. Mortimer


Hop
  1. To move by successive leaps, as toads do; to spring or jump on one foot; to skip, as birds do.

    [Birds] hopping from spray to spray. Dryden.

  2. A leap on one leg, as of a boy; a leap, as of a toad; a jump; a spring.
  3. A climbing plant (Humulus Lupulus), having a long, twining, annual stalk. It is cultivated for its fruit (hops).
  4. To impregnate with hops.

    Mortimer.
  5. To gather hops. [Perhaps only in the form Hopping, vb. n.]
  6. To walk lame; to limp; to halt.

    Dryden.
  7. A dance; esp., an informal dance of ball.

    [Colloq.]

    Hop, skip (or step), and jump, a game or athletic sport in which the participants cover as much ground as possible by a hop, stride, and jump in succession. Addison.

  8. The catkin or strobilaceous fruit of the hop, much used in brewing to give a bitter taste.
  9. To dance.

    Smollett.
  10. The fruit of the dog-rose. See Hip.

    Hop back. (Brewing) See under 1st Back. -- Hop clover (Bot.), a species of yellow clover having heads like hops in miniature (Trifolium agrarium, and T. procumbens). -- Hop flea (Zoö]l.), a small flea beetle (Haltica concinna), very injurious to hops. -- Hop fly (Zoöl.), an aphid (Phorodon humuli), very injurious to hop vines. -- Hop froth fly (Zoöl.), an hemipterous insect (Aphrophora interrupta), allied to the cockoo spits. It often does great damage to hop vines. -- Hop hornbeam (Bot.), an American tree of the genus Ostrya (O. Virginica) the American ironwood; also, a European species (O. vulgaris). -- Hop moth (Zoöl.), a moth (Hypena humuli), which in the larval state is very injurious to hop vines. -- Hop picker, one who picks hops. -- Hop pole, a pole used to support hop vines. -- Hop tree (Bot.), a small American tree (Ptelia trifoliata), having broad, flattened fruit in large clusters, sometimes used as a substitute for hops. -- Hop vine (Bot.), the climbing vine or stalk of the hop.

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HOP, noun The fruit of the dog-rose, or wild brier.

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