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cull

[ kuhl ]
/ kʌl /
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verb (used with object)
to select and remove from a group, especially to discard or destroy as inferior: When I cull the smaller curved saplings, I'm careful to protect and nurture the straighter and larger trees.
to discard unwanted parts or remove choice parts from (a group): Ranchers must decide whether to buy expensive feed or cull their herds to weather the drought.
to collect; gather; pluck: Quotations are culled from a variety of literature, diaries and letters, local histories, journals, and newspapers.
noun
the act of culling.
something culled, especially something picked out and put aside as inferior.
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Origin of cull

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English coilen, cuilen, cullen, from Anglo-French, Old French cuillir, from Latin colligere “to gather”; see collect1

OTHER WORDS FROM cull

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH cull

call, caul, cull
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British Dictionary definitions for cull

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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