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Words related to the shaping of trees
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MEANING:noun: 1. A tree cut back to the trunk to encourage a dense growth of new branches. 2. An animal that has its horns or antlers removed or has shed them.
verb tr.: To cut off the top of a tree.
ETYMOLOGY:From Middle English polle (head).
USAGE:"'Here because the sidewalks are so narrow, we pollard mulberry trees to keep them small so they don't obstruct passing buses,' Dimitris Papademas said."
Yvette Varvaressou; Pollarding and Pruning of Trees is an Ancient But Little Understood Art; Kathimerini (Athens, Greece); Jan 31, 2003.
See more usage examples of pollard in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
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