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calf

noun, often attributive \ ˈkaf , ˈkäf , dialectal also ˈkāf \

Definition of calf

plural calves play \ˈkavz, ˈkʼvz, ˈkāvz\ also calfs
1 a :the young of the domestic cow; also :that of a closely related mammal (such as a bison)
b :the young of various large animals (such as the elephant or whale)
2 plural calfs :the hide of the domestic calf; especially :calfskin
3 :an awkward or silly youth

calflike

play \ˈkaf-ˌlīk, ˈkäf-, dialectal also ˈkāf-\ adjective
in calf
:pregnant used of a cow

Origin and Etymology of calf

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

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calf

noun

Definition of calf

plural calves play \ˈkavz, ˈkävz\
:the fleshy back part of the leg below the knee
  • The cat rubbed against her calves.

Origin and Etymology of calf

Middle English, from Old Norse kālfi


CALF Defined for Kids

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calf

noun \ ˈkaf , ˈkäf \

Definition of calf for Students

plural calves \ˈkavz, ˈkävz\
1 :a young cow
2 :the young of various large animals (as the elephant, moose, or whale)

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calf

noun

Definition of calf for Students

plural calves
:the muscular back part of the leg below the knee

Medical Dictionary

calf

noun \ ˈkaf, ˈkȧf \

medical Definition of calf

plural calves play \ˈkavz, ˈkȧvz\
:the fleshy back part of the leg below the knee


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