POLL , strictly the
See also:head, in men or animals .
See also:Skeat connects the word with O . Swed. kolle (initial p and k being interchange-able) and considers a
See also:Celtic origin probable; cf . Irish coil, Welsh col,
See also:summit . " Poll " is chiefly used in various senses derived from that of a unit in an enumeration of persons or things, e.g. poll-tax (q.v.), or "
See also:challenge to the polls " in the case of a
See also:jury (q.v.) . The most
See also:familiar derivative uses are those connected with voting at
See also:parliamentary or other elections; thus " to poll " is to
See also:vote or to secure a number of votes, and " the poll," the voting, the number of votes
See also:cast, or the
See also:time during which voting takes place . The verb " to poll " also means to clip or shear the top of anything, hence " polled " of hornless
See also:cattle, or " deed-poll " (i.e. a deed with smooth or unindented edges, as distinguished from an "
See also:indenture ") . A
See also:tree which has been "polled," or cut back close in
See also:order to induce it to make
See also:short bushy growth, is called a "
See also:pollard." At the university of Cambridge, a " pass " degree is known as a " poll-degree." This is generally explained as from the Greek of aoXXoi, the many, the
See also:people .
POLKA (either from the Czech pulka, half, with an a...
POLLACK (Gadus pollachius)
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