Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A tree whose top branches have been cut back to the trunk so that it may produce a dense growth of new shoots.
  • n. An animal, such as an ox, goat, or sheep, that no longer has its horns.
  • transitive v. To convert or make into a pollard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A tree that has been pruned by cutting its branches back close to the trunk to promote a more bushy growth of foliage.
  • n. An animal, such as cattle or deer, whose horns have been removed or shed.
  • n. The chub (fish), Leuciscus cephalus.
  • n. A mixture of bran and meal.
  • v. To prune a tree heavily, cutting branches back to the trunk, so that it produces dense new growth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tree having its top cut off at some height above the ground, that may throw out branches.
  • n. A clipped coin; also, a counterfeit.
  • n.
  • n. A fish, the chub.
  • n. A stag that has cast its antlers.
  • n. A hornless animal (cow or sheep).
  • transitive v. To lop the tops of, as trees; to poll.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To make a pollard of; convert (a tree) into a pollard by cutting off the head.
  • n. A tree cut back nearly to the trunk, and thus caused to form a dense head of spreading branches, which are in turn cut for basket-making and fagotwood. Willows and poplars especially are so treated.
  • n. A clipped coin.
  • n. A polled animal, as a stag or an ox without horns.
  • n. Same as poll, 7.
  • n. A coarse product of wheat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. convert into a pollard
  • n. a tree with limbs cut back to promote a more bushy growth of foliage
  • n. a usually horned animal that has either shed its horns or had them removed

Etymologies

From poll.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English polle ("hair of the head"), (recorded in English since c.1290), from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch pol ("head, top"); the verb is from the noun. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A pollard is a “beheaded” tree (“pollard” meaning “beheaded”), i.e. a tree which was the upper branches and trunk cut off so that it produces a large quantity of upright shoots.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » To Meld — What Does “Meld” Mean?

  • Chris Travers: A pollard is a “beheaded” tree (“pollard” meaning “beheaded”), i.e. a tree which was the upper branches and trunk cut off so that it produces a large quantity of upright shoots.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » To Meld — What Does “Meld” Mean?

  • A pollard is a “beheaded” tree “pollard” meaning “beheaded”, i.e. a tree which was the upper branches and trunk cut off so that it produces a large quantity of upright shoots.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » To Meld — What Does “Meld” Mean?

  • Chris Travers: A pollard is a “beheaded” tree “pollard” meaning “beheaded”, i.e. a tree which was the upper branches and trunk cut off so that it produces a large quantity of upright shoots.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » To Meld — What Does “Meld” Mean?

  • "Epping Forest has the highest remaining concentration of historic pollard trees in Britain," British Naturalists' Association.

    Where else can I go?

  • Why can't he just be a person with down syndrome? keith pollard

    Palin hits back at 'malicious' photo

  • I think I remember when last with you in your Carriage, An Old pollard Oak in Richmond park which resembled an Alderman before dinner, being very hollow, and capable of affording me great accommodation.

    Letter 250

  • Every two or three years I must pollard or lay its canopy.

    Wildwood

  • Women in striking patchwork dresses of red, yellow, green and blue picked cotton with young boys, and by a village stream shaded by pollard willows a small girl led an enormous cow on a rope.

    Wildwood

  • I pass three dreys in the complex old pollard oaks in the lane.

    Wildwood

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  • 4. an Edwardian counterfeit coin.
    5. coarse bran or wheat flour.
    6. to kill rabbits by feeding them poisoned grain.

    February 26, 2008

  • See withy

    January 28, 2008

  • "… and in the brief broad progress of Fore Street, with its pollarded limes and Wednesday market, there is still a hint of the Regency sense that a good time might be had there."
    – Alan Hollinghurst, The Folding Star

    September 24, 2007

  • -noun
    1. a tree cut back nearly to the trunk, so as to produce a dense mass of branches.
    2. an animal, as a stag, ox, or sheep, having no horns.
    –verb (used with object)
    3. to convert into a pollard.

    July 10, 2007