calve

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verb \ ˈkav , ˈkäv \

Definition of calve

calved; calving
intransitive verb
1 :to give birth to a calf; also :to produce offspring
2 of an ice mass :to separate or break so that a part becomes detached
transitive verb
1 :to produce by birth
2 of an ice mass :to let become detached

Examples of calve in a Sentence

  1. The cow calved in the barn.

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Origin and Etymology of calve

Middle English, from Old English cealfian, from cealf calf


CALVE Defined for English Language Learners

calve

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verb

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; calving
:to give birth to a calf
  • The cow calved in the barn.


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