verb[with object] (usually be culled)
- 1Select from a large quantity; obtain from a variety of sources: anecdotes culled from Greek and Roman historyMore example sentences
- That this work is not might be a result of the fact that it was culled from a variety of sources (including some radio sessions in New York), with some of the tracks dating back to 2001.
- Often the anecdotes he has culled from various sources seen contradictory.
- They have been culled from various sources, east and west.
- 1.1Reduce the population of (a wild animal) by selective slaughter: he sees culling deer as a necessity (as noun culling) kangaroo cullingMore example sentences
kill, slaughter, destroy, harvest
- The hunt, which they help fund and support, maintains a pack of hounds which is uniquely good at tracking the few deer which the hunt's stalkers damage without killing when they cull deer.
- The same applies to culling wild horses, which are doing incredible damage in some National Parks.
- And at times, the Game Department engaged in culling operations to reduce elephant populations in certain areas and relieve pressures on the habitat.
- 1.2Send (an inferior or surplus animal on a farm) to be slaughtered.More example sentences
- In March 2001, during the foot-and-mouth crisis, 800 of his farm's sheep were culled after dangerous contact with infected animals, although there were no signs of the disease in the flock.
- The farmer would either cull the vulnerable calves or, if they are valuable for other reasons, treat them for parasites and then sell the meat in the nonorganic market.
- Many pet pigs were culled during the Foot and Mouth epidemic - some quite needlessly in the contagious cull - and people were so heartbroken that they haven't replaced them.
- 1.3 • literary Pick (flowers or fruit): (as adjective culled) fresh culled daffodilsMore example sentences
- But he could not have based all his multifarious descriptions on personal research, and like any other seeker after knowledge he borrowed other men's observations and culled other men's flowers.
- Thus the brother, perusing the books of many saints like a clever bee, culled the flowers of divine quotations.
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- 1A selective slaughter of wild animals.More example sentences
- He said that there were international guidelines that governed the selective cull of infected animals.
- We do not support the idea of wasting beef from perfectly healthy animals through an extraordinary cattle cull.
- In Scotland, troops were last night overseeing a mass pre-emptive cull of apparently healthy sheep to halt the spread.
- 1.1 [usually as modifier] An inferior or surplus livestock animal selected for killing: a cull cowMore example sentences
- The cull heifer prices used were for 1999, the cull cow for 2000, and the calf price for the first calf was for 2000.
- They are the vast majority of UK farmers who have not been ‘taken out’ in livestock culls; farmers who must find markets for their animals, even though they know they will be selling at a loss.
- Feeding cull cows a feedlot diet for a period of time before selling may improve quality of animals and overall profitability.
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- For smaller operations, cullers might fire air guns into the skulls of the animals.
- The question raises a few growls from the cullers but the farmers want to hear the answer.
- Nor have poultry workers or cullers turned out to be an important risk group that could be targeted for protection.
Middle English: from Old French coillier, based on Latin colligere (see collect1).