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Historical Examples

He turned her hand and saw that the ring was shaped and carven like a crown—a crown with points.
The Tigress Anne Warner

He stole about, and the carven shell He hid in his bosom away.
Ranald Bannerman’s Boyhood George MacDonald

He sat there like a carven figure with his face in his hand.
Tongues of Conscience Robert Smythe Hichens

There is something in the carven box which the shrieking oracle commended to me.
Hypolympia Edmund Gosse

Trust not in sophistry: the laws of men are carven upon stone, the laws of Heaven upon the heart!
The Hill of Venus Nathan Gallizier

But here I can see no painted picture nor carven image that I could put up.
The N Plays of Japan Arthur Waley

I have transposed the two incidents, as in her version Tommy Grimes was a clever carver and carried about with him a carven leg.
English Fairy Tales Anonymous

It was a large low room, with a vaulted roof of carven wood.
Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett

He stepped nearer to Alvarado, seized the carven crucifix, and lifted it to the light.
Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady

The features of his face were white as death and carven like those of a statue.
Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett

an archaic or literary past participle of carve


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