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pollard

[pol-erd] /ˈpɒl ərd/
noun
1.
a tree cut back nearly to the trunk, so as to produce a dense mass of branches.
2.
an animal, as a stag, ox, or sheep, having no horns.
verb (used with object)
3.
to convert into a pollard.
Origin of pollard
1515-1525
1515-25; poll1 + -ard
Related forms
unpollarded, adjective
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  • "Your instructions shall be carried out to the letter" said Mrs. pollard and with that she led him down to talk with Cyril Sheene.

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  • Captain pollard,” said Dick, “do these sharks ever attack a man or a boy when bathing?

    Menhardoc George Manville Fenn
  • "I guess Mrs. pollard knows what that is," he called to them from the gate.

  • "And I," said Kauc, the crow, settling down on a branch of the pollard.

    Wood Magic Richard Jefferies
  • A number of soldiers at pollard determined to lay down their arms on Christmas Day, as the only means of ending the war.

British Dictionary definitions for pollard

pollard

/ˈpɒləd/
noun
1.
an animal, such as a sheep or deer, that has either shed its horns or antlers or has had them removed
2.
a tree that has had its top cut off to encourage the formation of a crown of branches
verb
3.
(transitive) to convert into a pollard; poll
Word Origin
C16: hornless animal; see poll
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Word Origin and History for pollard
n.

1540s, "de-horned animal," from poll (v.2) + -ard. In reference to polled trees, from 1610s.

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