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plural of calf1 .
plural of calf2 .
the young of the domestic cow or other bovine animal.
the young of certain other mammals, as the elephant, seal, and whale.
calfskin leather.
Informal. an awkward, silly boy or man.
a mass of ice detached from a glacier, iceberg, or floe.
in calf, (of a cow or other animal having calves) pregnant.
kill the fatted calf, to prepare an elaborate feast in welcome or celebration.
to give birth to a calf:
The cow is expected to calve tomorrow.
(of a glacier, an iceberg, etc.) to break up or splinter so as to produce a detached piece.
to give birth to (a calf).
(of a glacier, an iceberg, etc.) to break off or detach (a piece):
The glacier calved an iceberg.
the fleshy part of the back of the human leg below the knee.
Contemporary Examples

An American Prairie Feast Sophie Menin July 16, 2010
China Has a Dwarf Amusement Park Nina Strochlic June 4, 2014
An American Prairie Feast Sophie Menin July 16, 2010
‘Blackfish’ Director: Killer Whales Don’t Belong in Captivity Gabriela Cowperthwaite October 23, 2013
Walking With Wildebeests: Exploring the Serengeti on Foot Joanna Eede July 8, 2013

Historical Examples

Cruisings in the Cascades George O. Shields
The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 10, No. 58, August, 1862 Various
Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents and Strange Events S. Baring-Gould
Master and Man Leo Tolstoy
The Big Five Motorcycle Boys on the Battle Line Ralph Marlow

the plural of calf1 , calf2
noun (pl) calves
the young of cattle, esp domestic cattle related adjective vituline
the young of certain other mammals, such as the buffalo, elephant, giraffe, and whale
a large piece of floating ice detached from an iceberg, etc
kill the fatted calf, to celebrate lavishly, esp as a welcome
another name for calfskin
noun (pl) calves
the thick fleshy part of the back of the leg between the ankle and the knee related adjective sural
to give birth to (a calf)
(of a glacier or iceberg) to release (masses of ice) in breaking up


kill the fatted calf
puppy (calf) love


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