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cull

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verb \ˈkəl\

Definition of cull

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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.

  3. 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.

Origin and Etymology of cull

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


First Known Use: 13th century


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cull

noun

Definition of cull

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of cull

see 1cull


First Known Use: 1809


CULL Defined for English Language Learners

cull

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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

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verb \ˈkəl\

Definition of cull for Students

culled

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culling

  1. 1 :  to select from a group The best poems were culled from her collection.

  2. 2 :  to identify and remove less desirable members from cull sheep from a flock


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cull

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Definition of cull for Students

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


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