pol·​lard | \ ˈpä-lərd How to pronounce pollard (audio) \

Definition of pollard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a tree cut back to the trunk to promote the growth of a dense head of foliage


pollarded; pollarding; pollards

Definition of pollard (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make a pollard of (a tree)

Examples of pollard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "In a word: pollard," 2 Apr. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "How to clear soil choked with old roots: Ask an expert," 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, "To cut trees or not cut the trees. That is the burning question in Louisville's Butchertown," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of pollard


1611, in the meaning defined above


1670, in the meaning defined above

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“Pollard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pollard. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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