acorn calf

noun

: a calf exhibiting a congenital anomaly involving shortening of the limbs, malformation of the skull, incoordination, and intestinal tympany

Word History

Etymology

so called from the belief the condition is caused by an excess of acorns in prenatal diet

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“Acorn calf.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acorn%20calf. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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