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  1. a gutter, as at the eaves of a roof.
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Origin of cullis

1830–40; < French coulisse coulisse; cf. portcullis
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Examples from the Web for cullis

Historical Examples

  • The pulp to be put to the cullis before the heads are added.

    The Art of Cookery

    John Mollard

  • Believing that "He is faithful that promised" he sent for Dr. Cullis to come and pray with him.

  • A proposition was made, and arrangements were perfected to visit Doctor Cullis, to secure the benefit of his prayers.

  • Two years after he was seen by Dr. Cullis, and continued in perfect health, and engaged in active business.

  • Cullis, kul′is, n. a gutter in a roof: a groove, as for a side-scene in a theatre.

British Dictionary definitions for cullis


  1. a gutter in or at the eaves of a roof
  2. another word for coulisse (def. 1)
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Word Origin

C19: from French coulisse channel, groove; see coulisse
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