from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To pick out from others; select.
- transitive v. To gather; collect.
- transitive v. To remove rejected members or parts from (a herd, for example).
- n. Something picked out from others, especially something rejected because of inferior quality.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To pick or take someone or something (from a larger group).
- v. To gather, collect.
- v. To select animals from a group and then kill them in order to reduce the numbers of the group in a controlled manner.
- v. To kill (animals etc).
- v. To lay off in order to reduce the size of, get rid of.
- n. A selection.
- n. An organised killing of selected animals.
- n. A piece unfit for inclusion within a larger group; an inferior specimen.
- n. A fool, gullible person; a dupe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To separate, select, or pick out; to choose and gather or collect.
- n. A cully; a dupe; a gull. See cully.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To gather; pick; collect.
- To pick out; select or separate one or more of from others: often with out.
- To inspect and measure, as timber.
- n. Something picked or culled out; specifically, an object selected from among a collection or aggregate, and placed on one side, or rejected, because of inferior quality: usually in the plural: as
- A Middle English form of kill.
- A variant of coll.
- n. A fool; a dupe.
- n. A local English (Gloucestershire) name for the fish miller's-thumb.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the person or thing that is rejected or set aside as inferior in quality
- v. look for and gather
- v. remove something that has been rejected
Middle English cullen, from Old French cuillir, from Latin colligere; see collect1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French cuillir ("collect, gather, select"), from Latin colligo ("gather together"). (Wiktionary)
Perhaps an abbreviation of cully. (Wiktionary)