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.

Nearby words

  1. pollack,
  2. pollaiuolo,
  3. pollajuolo,
  4. pollakiuria,
  5. pollan,
  6. pollbook,
  7. polled,
  8. pollee,
  9. pollen,
  10. pollen analysis

Origin of pollard

First recorded in 1515–25; poll1 + -ard

Related formsun·pol·lard·ed, adjective

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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


(tr) to convert into a pollard; poll

Word Origin for pollard

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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