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cull (kʌl


verb (transitive)

  1. to choose or gather the best or required examples
  2. to take out (an animal, esp an inferior one) from a herd
  3. to reduce the size of (a herd or flock) by killing a proportion of its members
  4. to gather (flowers, fruit, etc)
  5. to cease to employ; get rid of



  1. the act or product of culling
  2. an inferior animal taken from a herd or group

Word Origin

C15: from Old French coillir to pick, from Latin colligere; see collect1

Translations for 'cull'

  • British English: cull If items or ideas are culled from a particular source or number of sources, they are taken and gathered together. VERBAll this, needless to say, had been culled second-hand from radio reports.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: separar
  • Chinese: 采集采採集
  • European Spanish: entresacar
  • French: sélectionner
  • German: sammeln
  • Italian: raccogliere
  • Japanese: 選び出す
  • Korean: 조금씩 따오다
  • Portuguese: separar
  • Spanish: entresacar

Example Sentences Including 'cull'

This time they were bickering about a proposal to cull the Forest deer.
Stewart, Michael Grace
There was a baby chimp, which he'd saved from a Bosnian zoo, and three kangaroos he'd redeemed from a cull.
Isabel Wolff RESCUING ROSE (2002)
Every year, the Master of Novices delights in designing trials to cull the most patient of petitioners.
Zindell, David The Broken God


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