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pol·​lard ˈpä-lərd How to pronounce pollard (audio)
: a tree cut back to the trunk to promote the growth of a dense head of foliage


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pollarded; pollarding; pollards

transitive verb

: to make a pollard of (a tree)

Examples of pollard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
As a noun, a pollard is a tree so barbered, or an animal, such as a goat or sheep, that no longer has its horns. John E. McIntyre, baltimoresun.com, 2 Apr. 2018
They were recently pollarded, which is a method of pruning. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 12 Mar. 2023 Topping is completely different from pollarding. Tim Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 12 Mar. 2023 There was a large Japanese maple at the edge of the back garden area that had been pollarded at about 9 feet on five or six major branches. OregonLive.com, 6 June 2018 The shoots formed after topping (or pollarding for that matter) are tenuously connected to the rest of the tree’s structure. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 6 Apr. 2018

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Word History



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First Known Use


1611, in the meaning defined above


1670, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pollard was in 1611

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“Pollard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pollard. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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