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cull

[kuhl] /kʌl/
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
1300-1350
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)
Synonyms
2. glean, extract. 3. garner, winnow.
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British Dictionary definitions for culls

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
noun
6.
the act or product of culling
7.
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 culls

cull

v.

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.

n.

"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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