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cull (kʌl Pronunciation for cull


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'

Every year, the Master of Novices delights in designing trials to cull the most patient of petitioners.
Zindell, David The Broken God
In addition, a further 915 farms have lost their sheep through the three-kilometre pre-emptive cull.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Like many people, I had believed that the only hope of saving the park was to cull the elephant.
Thesiger, Wilfred My Kenya Days
Nor is there any reason why the Scotland Act cannot be amended to exempt Holyrood from the cull.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
Ten farms and 33 smaller flocks will be involved in the cull.
canada.com (2004)
The problem is that estate owners are unwilling to spend large amounts of time and money to cull deer which will just end up as dogfood.
Country Life (2004)
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)
They're also trying to figure out how to increase production to fill the void that will be left by the B. C. cull.
CBC (2004)
This time they were bickering about a proposal to cull the Forest deer.
Stewart, Michael Grace


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