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[kuhl] /kʌl/
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.
Origin of cull
1300-50; Middle English coilen, cuilen, cullen < Anglo-French, Old French cuillir < Latin colligere to gather; see collect1
Related forms
culler, noun
outcull, verb (used with object)
overcull, verb (used with object)
unculled, adjective
Can be confused
call, caul, cull (see synonym study at call)
2. glean, extract. 3. garner, winnow. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for culled
  • 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 registers.
  • The wave action has steepened the angle of the sea floor and culled the shoreline.
  • Leroy vigorously argues that bats should not be culled.
  • They culled nine and actually thought they got the whole pack.
  • Much of the information about the gambling ring was culled from electronic surveillance, he said.
  • Each lesson will be devoted to an observation culled from among the many exploits of the great detective.
  • From this he has culled seven preconditions for economic decline in the leading power.
  • New chief executives have culled underperforming operations and focused on growth, often abroad.
  • Other featured guests seemed randomly culled from sci-fi-related shows.
British Dictionary definitions for culled


verb (transitive)
to choose or gather the best or required examples
to take out (an animal, esp an inferior one) from a herd
to reduce the size of (a herd or flock) by killing a proportion of its members
to gather (flowers, fruit, etc)
to cease to employ; get rid of
the act or product of culling
an inferior animal taken from a herd or group
Word Origin
C15: from Old French coillir to pick, from Latin colligere; see collect1
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Word Origin and History for culled



c.1200, originally "put through a strainer," from Old French coillir (12c., Modern French cueillir) "collect, gather, pluck, select," from Latin colligere "gather together, collect," originally "choose, select" (see collect). Related: Culled; culling. As a noun, from 1610s.


"dupe, saphead," rogues' slang from late 16c., perhaps a shortening of cullion "base fellow," originally "testicle" (from French couillon, from Old French coillon "testicle; worthless fellow, dolt," from Latin coleus, literally "strainer bag;" see cojones), though another theory traces it to Romany (Gypsy) chulai "man." Also sometimes cully, though some authorities assert cully was the canting term for "dupe" and cull was generic "man, fellow," without implication of gullibility. Cf. also gullible.

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