1. To remove the poll or head of; hence, to remove the top or end of; to clip; to lop; to shear; as, to poll the head; to poll a tree. When he [Absalom] pollled his head. (2 sam. Xiv. 26) His death did so grieve them that they polled themselves; they clipped off their horse and mule's hairs. (Sir T. North)
2. To cut off; to remove by clipping, shearing, etc.; to mow or crop; sometimes with off; as, to poll the hair; to poll wool; to poll grass. Who, as he polled off his dart's head, so sure he had decreed That all the counsels of their war he would poll off like it. (Chapman)
Origin: Akin to LG. Polle the head, the crest of a bird, the top of a tree, OD. Pol, polle, Dan. Puld the crown of a hat.