pollarding


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pol·lard

 (pŏl′ərd)
n.
1. A tree whose top branches have been cut back to the trunk so that it may produce a dense growth of new shoots.
2. An animal, such as an ox, goat, or sheep, that no longer has its horns.
tr.v. pol·lard·ed, pol·lard·ing, pol·lards
To convert or make into a pollard.

[From poll.]

pollarding

A pruning method where the new growth of a tree is cut back to the main stem or a framework of stubby branches.
References in classic literature ?
The son of one of them, a wood-cutter, was perched high above their heads, pollarding one of the churchyard elms.
They had no business to be pollarding those elms yesterday," he said to his sister.