culling


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cull

 (kŭl)
tr.v. culled, cull·ing, culls
1. To pick out from others; select.
2. To gather; collect.
3. To remove rejected members or parts from (a herd, for example).
n.
Something picked out from others, especially something rejected because of inferior quality.

[Middle English cullen, from Old French cuillir, from Latin colligere; see collect1.]

cull′er n.

culling

(ˈkʌlɪŋ)
n
1. (Environmental Science) the reduction of the size of an animal population
2. (Agriculture) killing
3. killing
Translations

culling

[ˈkʌlɪŋ] n [animals] (= selective killing) → abattage m sélectif, élimination f sélective (= slaughter) → massacre m, abattage m

culling

[ˈkʌlɪŋ] neliminazione f selettiva
References in classic literature ?
For several weeks I had been culling all the information I could about Italy, from tourists.
Methinks there's a genius Roams in the mountains, Girdled with ivy And robed in wisteria, Lips ever smiling, Of noble demeanour, Driving the yellow pard, Tiger-attended, Couched in a chariot With banners of cassia, Cloaked with the orchid, And crowned with azaleas; Culling the perfume Of sweet flowers, he leaves In the heart a dream-blossom, Memory haunting.
The hive has remained stationary, and they who flutter around the venerable straw are wont to claim the empty distinction of antiquity, regardless alike of the frailty of their tenement and of the enjoyments of the numerous and vigorous swarms that are culling the fresher sweets of a virgin world.
Culling has been extended to Dorset after Natural England authorised a four-year licence, while the work will also continue in Gloucestershire and Somerset.
The veteran rocker said culling had been "a disaster" costing taxpayers PS5,000 per animal.
It made the call after concluding that results from the first two years of culling had not demonstrated that so-called "controlled shooting" of free running badgers could be carried out effectively and humanely.
FARMING groups have hit out at a Labour election promise to ban the culling of badgers.
In 2013, the fund for culling was increased by $7271 for shooters and $576 for dart guns.
She said: "There needs to be a programme of vaccination rather than the culling of badgers.
AN RSPCA advert against badger culling has been banned over 'misleading' wording
Dr John Lingard, retired senior lecturer at Newcastle University's Centre for Rural Economy, said the culling was "policy on the hoof.