cull

[kuhl]
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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.

Nearby words

  1. culicine,
  2. culicoides,
  3. culinarian,
  4. culinary,
  5. culion,
  6. cullen,
  7. cullen's sign,
  8. cullen, countee,
  9. cullender,
  10. culler

Origin of cull

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

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

Can be confusedcall caul cull

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British Dictionary definitions for cull

cull

verb (tr)

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

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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