heathcropper

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

heath +‎ cropper

Noun[edit]

heathcropper (plural heathcroppers)

  1. (slang, archaic) A farm animal, particularly a wild pony, kept to graze on the heath, particularly associated with Wessex.
    • Thomas Hardy, Domicilium:
      / Would fly about our bedrooms. Heathcroppers / Lived on the hills, and were our only friends: /