Cull (v.)

reduce the population of (a wild animal) by selective slaughter.

On Merriam Webster, meaning ‘to reduce or control the size of (something, such as a herd) by removal (as by hunting) of especially weaker animals’  “the tool, Wind Sand and Stars“, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

“…gentler than the culling of a flower…”

culling sounds a bit similar to killing, which this words definition closely resembles  , so the sentence means Killing a flower or a bunch of flowers.

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