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[pol-erd] /ˈpɒl ərd/
a tree cut back nearly to the trunk, so as to produce a dense mass of branches.
an animal, as a stag, ox, or sheep, having no horns.
verb (used with object)
to convert into a pollard.
Origin of pollard
First recorded in 1515-25; poll1 + -ard
Related forms
unpollarded, adjective Unabridged
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  • "Your instructions shall be carried out to the letter" said Mrs. pollard and with that she led him down to talk with Cyril Sheene.

    Daisy Ashford: Her Book Daisy Ashford
  • Captain pollard,” said Dick, “do these sharks ever attack a man or a boy when bathing?

    Menhardoc George Manville Fenn
  • "I guess Mrs. pollard knows what that is," he called to them from the gate.

  • "And I," said Kauc, the crow, settling down on a branch of the pollard.

    Wood Magic Richard Jefferies
  • A number of soldiers at pollard determined to lay down their arms on Christmas Day, as the only means of ending the war.

British Dictionary definitions for pollard


an animal, such as a sheep or deer, that has either shed its horns or antlers or has had them removed
a tree that has had its top cut off to encourage the formation of a crown of branches
(transitive) to convert into a pollard; poll
Word Origin
C16: hornless animal; see poll
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Word Origin and History for pollard

1540s, "de-horned animal," from poll (v.2) + -ard. In reference to polled trees, from 1610s.

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