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  Dictionary Definition of lop

lop [1]
verb ( lopped, lopping )

-- verb (t)
1. to cut off the branches, twigs, etc., of (a tree or other plant).
2. to cut off the head, limbs, etc., of (a person) or parts of (a thing).
3. to cut off (branches, twigs, etc.) from a tree or other plant.
4. to cut off (the head, limbs, etc.) from a person.
-- verb (i)
5. to cut off branches, twigs, etc., as of a tree.
6. to remove parts by or as by cutting.
-- noun
7. parts or a part lopped off.
8. the smaller branches and twigs of trees.
[ME (def. 8), etymologically identical with obs. lop spider, both objects being marked by many projecting parts]
-- lopper, noun