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cull

cull

 
pronunciation:
kuhl
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun, adjective
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: culled, culling, culls
definition 1: to sort out or select from a large collection or quantity.
The air force culled the most capable pilots for the special mission.She culled pertinent quotations from all four of the author's novels for her paper.
synonyms:
pick, select, sort out, winnow
similar words:
choose, pick out, sift, single
definition 2: to reduce the size of (a group of animals) by killing.
They culled the deer population by allowing more hunting that year.
definition 3: to slaughter (an animal) because of weakness, disease, or inferiority in comparison with others of a group.
The farmer culled all the chickens that were infected with the disease.
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part of speech: noun
definition: an item picked out from among others, esp. one discarded as undesirable.
similar words:
chaff, discard, irregular, second
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part of speech: adjective
definition: of inferior quality.
cull woodcull meat
synonyms:
bad, inferior, low-grade, poor, third-rate
similar words:
cheesy, irregular, lousy, undesirable