The Collaborative International Dictionary
Etymology 1 n. The (l en calvaria); the dome or roof of the skull. Etymology 2
n. (l en calvados Calvados), an apple brandy made in France, or a glass of this brandy.
Calva is a traditional sport played in certain parts of Spain. It has roots going back to pre-Roman times, being developed by the Celtiberians who lived in the modern-day provinces of Ávila, Salamanca, and Zamora. It was a game for shepherds, who threw stones at bull's horns to entertain themselves. With the passing of time, the game was modified: a piece of wood (the calva) came to be substituted for the horn, and the stone was replaced with a cylinder of iron or steel (the marro). The name of calva was derived from the field in which the game came to be played, which was free of obstacles and rocks.
Today the sport is practiced mainly in Castile, Salamanca, Zamora, and Biscay, although also in Madrid, Barcelona, Plasencia and Navarre.
Usage examples of "calva".
Three men, Tony Calva, Cokey Raiss, and the white-faced gunman, were sitting at the table.
He wished Tony Calva and Cokey Raiss would do their killing elsewhere next time.
Raiss was waiting for him, and Calva sat in the car watching Ruth like a cat watching a mouse.
Suddenly, Ruth tried to leap from the car, but Calva caught her by the arm and jerked her back.
Then Ruth suddenly stepped through the door and hurled a can of tomatoes that struck Calva on the hand.
Pat felt his knees give way, and he was on the floor, but Calva was lifting the tommy gun again.
No, Metella Calva likes handsome slaves, or hulking laborers she picks up on the wharves of the Port of Rome.
The story of the gold will be around the whole city in less time than it takes Metella Calva to lift her dress for a lusty gang of navvies.
Yet it was not politic to cast her off, for she was no Metella Calva, coupling indiscriminately with the lowborn, nor did she couple with the highborn.
Metellus Numidicus, who was feeling the strain of having to house his sister, Metella Calva, and whichever lowborn lover she fancied.