cull

[ kuhl ]
/ kʌl /

verb (used with object)

to choose; select; pick.
to gather the choice things or parts from.
to collect; gather; pluck.

noun

act of culling.
something culled, especially something picked out and put aside as inferior.

Origin of cull

1300–50; Middle English coilen, cuilen, cullen < Anglo-French, Old French cuillir < Latin colligere to gather; see collect1

Related forms

cull·er, nounout·cull, verb (used with object)o·ver·cull, verb (used with object)un·culled, adjective

Can be confused

call caul cull
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cull

/ (kʌl) /

verb (tr)

noun

the act or product of culling
an inferior animal taken from a herd or group

Word Origin for cull

C15: from Old French coillir to pick, from Latin colligere; see collect 1
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