Poll evil
Poll Poll, n. [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.] 1. The head; the back part of the head. ``All flaxen was his poll.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A number or aggregate of heads; a list or register of heads or individuals. [1913 Webster]

We are the greater poll, and in true fear They gave us our demands. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The muster file, rotten and sound, upon my life, amounts not to fifteen thousand poll. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Specifically, the register of the names of electors who may vote in an election. [1913 Webster]

4. The casting or recording of the votes of registered electors; as, the close of the poll. [1913 Webster]

All soldiers quartered in place are to remove . . . and not to return till one day after the poll is ended. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]

5. pl. The place where the votes are cast or recorded; as, to go to the polls. [1913 Webster]

6. The broad end of a hammer; the but of an ax. [1913 Webster]

7. (Zo["o]l.) The European chub. See {Pollard}, 3 (a) . [1913 Webster]

{Poll book}, a register of persons entitled to vote at an election.

{Poll evil} (Far.), an inflammatory swelling or abscess on a horse's head, confined beneath the great ligament of the neck.

{Poll pick} (Mining), a pole having a heavy spike on the end, forming a kind of crowbar.

{Poll tax}, a tax levied by the head, or poll; a capitation tax. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • poll evil — noun : an inflammation identical with fistulous withers except in being located on the poll of a horse * * * /pohl/, Vet. Pathol. an acute swelling on the top of the head of a horse originating in an inflamed bursa that underlies the great neck… …   Useful english dictionary

  • poll evil — /pohl/, Vet. Pathol. an acute swelling on the top of the head of a horse originating in an inflamed bursa that underlies the great neck ligament there. [1600 10] * * * …   Universalium

  • poll evil — an abscess behind the ears of a horse, caused by a dual infection of the supra atlantal bursa by Brucella and Actinomyces; this condition is virtually identical to fistulous withers …   Medical dictionary

  • poll-evil — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Poll — Poll, n. [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.] 1. The head; the back part of the head. All flaxen was his poll. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A number or aggregate of heads;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Poll book — Poll Poll, n. [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.] 1. The head; the back part of the head. All flaxen was his poll. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A number or aggregate of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Poll pick — Poll Poll, n. [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.] 1. The head; the back part of the head. All flaxen was his poll. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A number or aggregate of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Poll tax — Poll Poll, n. [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.] 1. The head; the back part of the head. All flaxen was his poll. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A number or aggregate of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • poll sickness — noun : poll evil …   Useful english dictionary

  • pole-evil — obs. f. poll evil …   Useful english dictionary

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