Definition of calve
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
1 : to produce by birth
2 of an ice mass : to let become detached
Examples of calve in a Sentence
The cow calved in the barn.
Recent Examples of calve from the Web
Between April and May, gray whales begin to migrate from their calving waters in Mexico to the feeding waters near Alaska.
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Origin and Etymology of calve
Middle English, from Old English cealfian, from cealf calf
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
CALVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of calve for English Language Learners
of a cow : to give birth to a calf
CALVE Defined for Kids
Definition of calve for Students
: to give birth to a calf The cow calved in the barn.
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