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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).
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.
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The old put wanted to make a parson of me, but d--n me, thinks I to myself, I'll nick you there, old cull; the devil a smack of your nonsense shall you ever get into me.
It is good to set before us, the incommodities and commodities of usury, that the good, may be either weighed out or culled out; and warily to provide, that while we make forth to that which is better, we meet not with that which is worse.
From that little book of mine I have culled the following passage, and written it down for you to see.
Sometimes they cut down trees of the largest size and then cull the branches, the bark of which is most to their taste.
He drew up lists of effective and fetching mannerisms, till out of many such, culled from many writers, he was able to induce the general principle of mannerism, and, thus equipped, to cast about for new and original ones of his own, and to weigh and measure and appraise them properly.
This one delectable evening culled from each dull seventy was to Chandler a source of renascent bliss.
Two of our boats, with men all safe, we took off the Cisco, and, to Wolf Larsen's huge delight and my own grief, he culled Smoke, with Nilson and Leach, from the San Diego.
He is so gentle, yet so wise; his mind is so cultivated, and when he speaks, although his words are culled with the choicest art, yet they How with rapidity and unparalleled eloquence.
But the Environment Department (Defra) also published consultations on lifting the cap for the number of areas where culls can take place each year and on licensing some culling in parts of England at low risk of TB.
Last December, preparing the way for an extension to the cull, the then Environment Secretary Liz Truss said that the trial culls had 'met their targets'.
The badger culls are a wholly indiscriminate slaughter of wildlife hiding under a disingenuous fig leaf of 'disease prevention'.
BADGER culls could be extended further across England as part of the Government's attempts to curb tuberculosis in cattle, the farming minister has said.