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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a cow calves (=produces a calf, a young cow)
▪ At this time of year the cows are calving.
▪ All was well at first, but when she calved it was another story.
▪ An estimated one-third of whale calves die in their first year.
▪ Another day, George rounded up some yearling calves for sale.
▪ His wife had invariably been to lambing and, sometimes, calving courses.
▪ It is an early-maturing breed, capable of calving at two years old.
▪ Nobody knew more about lambing and calving than a veterinary surgeon so he was invited to instruct.
▪ So why was he fired for putting a chart of caribou calving areas on the internet?
▪ They are surprisingly early maturing: like the Jersey, they have been known to calve even younger than two years old.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Calve \Calve\ (k[aum]v), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Calved 3; p. pr. & vb. n. Calving.] [AS. cealfian. See Calf.]

  1. To bring forth a calf. ``Their cow calveth.''
    --Job xxi. 10.

  2. To bring forth young; to produce offspring.

    Canst thou mark when the hinds do calve?
    --Job xxxix. 1.

    The grassy clods now calved.

  3. (Phys. Geog.) To throw off fragments which become icebergs; -- said of a glacier.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English cealfian, from cealf "calf" (see calf (n.1)). Of icebergs, 1837. Related: Calved; calving.


vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To give birth to a calf. 2 (context intransitive English) To assist the giving of birth of a calf. 3 {{context|intransitive|figuratively|especially of an iceberg, glacier(,) or the like|lang=en}} To break off or shed a large piece.

  1. v. release ice; "The icebergs and glaciers calve" [syn: break up]

  2. birth; "the whales calve at this time of year" [syn: have young]


Calve can refer to:

  • Calving (disambiguation)
  • Calve Island, Scotland

Usage examples of "calve".

Somewhere around a half dozen cows with young calves lumbered to their feet, snuffing in alarm.

They closed in on the herd quietly, the squealing and uproar from the calves blanketing their approach until they were right in amongst the herd.

At the far end of the hollow, ground crews waited by branding fires while other riders, working in pairs, walked their horses into the herd and separated the unbranded calves, their ropes snaking out swift and sure to ensnare hind legs and drag them gently to the fire.

There were still 62ALL THINGS WISE AND WONDERFUL more than thirty calves left in the building and the terrible thought arose that the disease might spread through all of them.

Below the towel the legs lay aligned in parallel, the knees, calves, and anklebones just touching in classic symmetry.

The huge hike of the day before had left every joint in my body aching, my muscles, especially in my calves and hamstrings stiff as well as painful, and a huge heavy weight of tiredness on my shoulders.

Grey Beallach drifted down into the glens to look for breakfast: hinds and calves moved up from the hazel shows to the high fresh pastures: the tiny rustling noises of night disappeared in that hush which precedes the awakening of life: and then came the flood of morning gold from behind the dim eastern mountains, and in an instant the earth had wheeled into a new day.

Tomas waded out into the harbor, his bicolor robe floating around his calves.

The young calves scampered out of our way, but their sedate mothers permitted us to ride near enough to read the brands as we met and passed.

He did not like the footing on the south bank, but once the lead cow was satisfied that the cows and calves were safely across, she ignored whatever bulls were left behind and set out purposefully for the grazing lands to which she was leading her herd.

To Icebones, the rumble of the deep water was a distinct noise under the frothy din of the surface world, like the far-off call of a thunderstorm, or the giant crack of a distant glacier calving an iceberg.

Ice and snow smacked his back as he escaped the crushing flow of the great calving.

What evidence do you have that space horse calves would be more responsive to human control than the adults are?

Maggie picked out her son among the riders roping calves and dragging them to the branding crews.

ELEVEN The bawl of calves and the bellow of cows filled the wide hollow in the plains where encircling riders kept the herd bunched.