pollard

[pol-erd]
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noun
  1. a tree cut back nearly to the trunk, so as to produce a dense mass of branches.
  2. an animal, as a stag, ox, or sheep, having no horns.
verb (used with object)
  1. to convert into a pollard.

Origin of pollard

First recorded in 1515–25; poll1 + -ard
Related formsun·pol·lard·ed, adjective
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pollard

noun
  1. an animal, such as a sheep or deer, that has either shed its horns or antlers or has had them removed
  2. a tree that has had its top cut off to encourage the formation of a crown of branches
verb
  1. (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
n.

1540s, "de-horned animal," from poll (v.2) + -ard. In reference to polled trees, from 1610s.

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