calve

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verb \ˈkav, ˈkäv\

Definition of calve

calved

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calving

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give birth to a calf; also :  to produce offspring

  3. 2 of an ice mass :  to separate or break so that a part becomes detached

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to produce by birth

  6. 2 of an ice mass :  to let become detached

Examples of calve in a sentence

  1. The cow calved in the barn.

Origin and Etymology of calve

Middle English, from Old English cealfian, from cealf calf


First Known Use: before 12th century


CALVE Defined for English Language Learners

calve

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verb \ˈkav, ˈkäv\

Definition of calve for English Language Learners

  • of a cow : to give birth to a calf


CALVE Defined for Kids

calve

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verb \ˈkav, ˈkäv\

Definition of calve for Students

calved

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calving

  1. :  to give birth to a calf The cow calved in the barn.



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