- to choose; select; pick.
- to gather the choice things or parts from.
- to collect; gather; pluck.
- act of culling.
- something culled, especially something picked out and put aside as inferior.
Origin of cull
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Examples from the Web for cull
In 2012 she again raised eyebrows when she suggested that badgers shot in any cull should be eaten.The Week in Death: Clarissa Dickson Wright, One of ‘Two Fat Ladies’
March 22, 2014
In this case, a cull of the Taliban and ISAF tweets yields a unique view into the current state of Afghan affairs.Taliban And NATO War on Twitter
November 20, 2013
Steele visited Sparks in Harlem to cull from his collection of high-end labels and vintage pieces.Queer Style A History of Fashion at FIT in New York
September 14, 2013
Prenatal testing leads to more abortions and prompts us to “cull the ranks of the disabled”?Rick Santorum Faces a Grilling at CNN Debate
February 22, 2012
The Daily Beast speed-read the book, which is out today, to cull the biggest, juiciest revelations.9 Juicy Bits from Ron Suskind’s Book
David A. Graham
September 20, 2011
I have taken pains to cull the most choice of my acquaintance.
To cull fortune from misfortune, to turn loss into profit, that is to have genius.Scaramouche
I cull from every faith and race the best And bravest soul for counsellor and friend.Bulgaria
We cull a flower here and there; we pluck an herb fresh from the hands of the Creator.In the Carquinez Woods
It is wisdom's work so carefully to cull the rose, as to avoid the thorn.'Literary Celebrities of the English Lake-District
- to choose or gather the best or required examples
- to take out (an animal, esp an inferior one) from a herd
- to reduce the size of (a herd or flock) by killing a proportion of its members
- to gather (flowers, fruit, etc)
- to cease to employ; get rid of
- the act or product of culling
- an inferior animal taken from a herd or group
Word Origin and History for cull
c.1200, originally "put through a strainer," from Old French coillir (12c., Modern French cueillir) "collect, gather, pluck, select," from Latin colligere "gather together, collect," originally "choose, select" (see collect). Related: Culled; culling. As a noun, from 1610s.
"dupe, saphead," rogues' slang from late 16c., perhaps a shortening of cullion "base fellow," originally "testicle" (from French couillon, from Old French coillon "testicle; worthless fellow, dolt," from Latin coleus, literally "strainer bag;" see cojones), though another theory traces it to Romany (Gypsy) chulai "man." Also sometimes cully, though some authorities assert cully was the canting term for "dupe" and cull was generic "man, fellow," without implication of gullibility. Cf. also gullible.