cull

[kuhl]
verb (used with object)
1.
to choose; select; pick.
2.
to gather the choice things or parts from.
3.
to collect; gather; pluck.
noun
4.
act of culling.
5.
something culled, especially something picked out and put aside as inferior.

Origin:
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.
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cull (kʌl)
 
vb
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
 
n
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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cull
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
Computer teams pick their winners by culling data from past performances.
The center's announcement said wolves benefit prey populations by culling sick animals and preventing overpopulation.
Culling five books out of such a long, worthy list is never easy.
Gone, too, is its predecessor's thousand-year-old ninja cult charged with culling decadent metropolises via outlandish plots.
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