- To cull is defined as to select from a large number of options.
- An example of cull is when you select only limited pieces of information from a variety of sources.
- An example of cull is when hunters kill deer to reduce the deer population.
- to pick out; select: to cull facts from an encyclopedia
- to pick out in order to discard or destroy: a librarian culled unneeded books
- to select and gather (flowers or fruit); pick
- ☆ Forestry to select trees to be felled for timber
- to examine (a collection or group) in order to select desired parts or, esp., to discard or destroy unwanted parts: to cull a herd
Origin of cullMiddle English cullen ; from Old French coillir ; from Classical Latin colligere: see collect
transitive verbculled, cull·ing, culls
- To pick out from others; select.
- To gather; collect.
- To remove rejected members or parts from (a herd, for example).
Origin of cullMiddle English cullen, from Old French cuillir, from Latin colligere; see Collect 1.
(third-person singular simple present culls, present participle culling, simple past and past participle culled)
From Old French cuillir (“collect, gather, select”), from Latin colligo (“gather together”).
Perhaps an abbreviation of cully.