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cull

verb \ ˈkəl \

Definition of cull

transitive verb
1 :to select from a group :choose
  • culled the best passages from the poet's work
  • Damaged fruits are culled before the produce is shipped.
2 :to reduce or control the size of (something, such as a herd) by removal (as by hunting) of especially weaker animals; also :to hunt or kill (animals) as a means of population control
  • The town issued hunting licenses in order to cull the deer population.

culler

noun

Examples of cull in a Sentence

  1. He culls his herd annually.

  2. The town issued hunting licenses in order to cull the deer population.

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Origin and Etymology of cull

Middle English, from Anglo-French culier, coillir, from Latin colligere to bind together — more at collect


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cull

noun

Definition of cull

:something rejected especially as being inferior or worthless
  • … how to separate good-looking pecans from culls.
  • The Washington Post

Examples of cull in a Sentence

  1. the unbruised apples will be packed in bags, and the culls will be used for cider

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Origin and Etymology of cull

see 1cull


CULL Defined for English Language Learners

cull

verb

Definition of cull for English Language Learners

  • : to select or choose (someone or something) from a group

  • : to control the size of (a group of animals) by killing some animals


CULL Defined for Kids

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cull

verb \ ˈkəl \

Definition of cull for Students

culled; culling
1 :to select from a group
  • The best poems were culled from her collection.
2 :to identify and remove less desirable members from
  • cull sheep from a flock

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cull

noun

Definition of cull for Students

:something rejected from a group because it is not as good as the rest

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