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calf

play
noun,, often attributive \ˈkaf, ˈkäf, dial also ˈkāf\

Definition of calf

plural calves play \ˈkavz, ˈkȧvz, ˈkāvz\ also calfs

  1. 1 a :  the young of the domestic cow; also :  that of a closely related mammal (as a bison) b :  the young of various large animals (as the elephant or whale)

  2. 2 plural calfs :  the hide of the domestic calf; especially :  calfskin

  3. 3 :  an awkward or silly youth

calflike play \ˈkaf-ˌlīk, ˈkäf-, dial also ˈkāf-\ adjective
in calf
  1. :  pregnant —used of a cow



Origin of calf

Middle English, from Old English cealf; akin to Old High German kalb calf


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Mammals Terms

Rhymes with calf


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calf

noun,

Definition of calf

plural calves play \ˈkavz, ˈkävz\

  1. :  the fleshy back part of the leg below the knee



Origin of calf

Middle English, from Old Norse kālfi


First Known Use: 14th century


CALF Defined for Kids

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calf

play
noun \ˈkaf, ˈkäf\

Definition of calf for Students

plural calves \ˈkavz, ˈkävz\

  1. 1 :  a young cow

  2. 2 :  the young of various large animals (as the elephant, moose, or whale)




2

calf

play
noun

Definition of calf for Students

plural calves

  1. :  the muscular back part of the leg below the knee




Medical Dictionary

calf

play
noun \ˈkaf, ˈkȧf\

Medical Definition of calf

plural calves \ˈkavz, ˈkȧvz\play

  1. :  the fleshy back part of the leg below the knee




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