chilver

noun chil·ver \ˈchilvə(r)\

Definition of chilver

plural

-s

now dialectal, England

  1. :  a ewe lamb

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Origin and Etymology of chilver

from (assumed) Middle English, from Old English cilfor- lamb; akin to Old High German kilbur, kilburra ewe lamb, Old English cealf calf — more at calf


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