Definition of culled
1 : selected or chosen from a group The … weighty but not overstuffed shelves of carefully culled selections—Dan Brown, yes; Danielle Steele, no, per the curator of manuscripts—beseech that titles be taken down and opened …— Sarah Schweitzer … the Yahk camp has been warned by Conservation Officers for dumping their culled berries near the town, creating a significant bear attraction. — The Creston Valley (British Columbia) Advance
2a of a population : reduced in size by removal (as by hunting or slaughter) of especially weak or sick individuals … a new levy would be issued to dairy farmers to cover some of the compensation costs for culled herds … , the report said.— Sally Rae … here no vast forests were left standing; instead, carefully culled stands of oaks provided a bounteous crop of acorns for many thousands of pigs let loose to graze among them during the winter.— C. McCullough
b : removed (as by hunting or slaughter) for culling (see cull entry 1 sense 2) The culling program has been controversial from the start. Each winter, some of the culled animals are killed by hunters …; others are slaughtered for meat.— Camila Domonoske … the ministry ordered the slaughter of about 22,300 cows in a bid to control the spread of the disease. … The meat from the culled cattle can be consumed because the disease does not infect humans … — The Ashburton (New Zealand) Courier
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