verb (used with object)
to choose; select; pick.
to gather the choice things or parts from.
to collect; gather; pluck.
act of culling.
something culled, especially something picked out and put aside as inferior.

1300–50; Middle English coilen, cuilen, cullen < Anglo-French, Old French cuillir < Latin colligere to gather; see collect1

culler, noun
outcull, verb (used with object)
overcull, verb (used with object)
unculled, adjective

call, caul, cull (see synonym study at call).

2. glean, extract. 3. garner, winnow. Unabridged
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cull (kʌl)
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
6.  the act or product of culling
7.  an inferior animal taken from a herd or group
[C15: from Old French coillir to pick, from Latin colligere; see collect1]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., originally "put through a strainer," from O.Fr. coillir "collect, gather, select," from L. colligere "gather together," originally "choose, select" (see collect).
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Example sentences
The exhibition comprises a magnificent display of the chief art treasures of
  the city culled from private collections.
Instead they culled data from national employment records and local population
The wave action has steepened the angle of the sea floor and culled the
Leroy vigorously argues that bats should not be culled.
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