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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: culls, culling, culled
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.
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
bad, inferior, low-grade, poor, third-rate
similar words:
cheesy, irregular, lousy, undesirable