Definitions

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  • n. A trench or small ditch.
  • n. A trench or drain; particularly, a trench or hollow behind the stalls of cows or horses for receiving their dung and urine.
  • n. A pen for cattle; a byre.
  • v. To make a channel or groove; to form grooves.
  • n. Alternative form of group.
  • v. Alternative form of group.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a channel or groove; form grooves.
  • n. A trench; a drain; particularly, a trench or hollow behind the stalls of cows or horses for receiving their dung and urine.
  • n. A pen for cattle.

Etymologies

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From Middle English grope, grupe, groupe, from Old English grōp ("ditch"), from Proto-Germanic *grōpō (“furrow, ditch, trench”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰreb-, *gʰrebʰ- (“to dig, furrow, scratch”). Cognate with Scots gruip ("gutter, drain, ditch, trench"), North Frisian groop ("pit"), Dutch groep ("a trench, moat"), Swedish grop ("a pit, ditch, hole, hollow"), Old English grēp, grēpe ("land-drain, ditch; furrow; burrow; privy"). More at grip, groove.

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Alteration of group. More at group.

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