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From French groupe (cluster, group), from Italian gruppo, groppo (a knot, heap, group, bag (of money)), itself derived from Vulgar Latin *cruppo, from Proto-Germanic *kruppaz (lump, round mass, body, crop), from Proto-Indo-European *grewb- (to crumple, bend, crawl). Cognate with German Kropf (crop, craw, bunch), Old English cropp, croppa (cluster, bunch, sprout, flower, berry, ear of corn, crop), Dutch krop (craw), Icelandic kroppr (hump, bunch). Doublet of crop, croup.