Definition of calf noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kɑːf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kæf//
    (pl. calves
    BrE BrE//kɑːvz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kævz//
    Body parts, Farm animals, Domesticated mammals
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  1. 1 [countable] the back part of the leg between the ankle and the knee I've torn a calf muscle. See related entries: Body parts
  2. 2 [countable] a young cow See related entries: Farm animals, Domesticated mammals
  3. 3 [countable] a young animal of some other type such as a young elephant or whale
  4. 4 [uncountable] = calfskin More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  5. Word Originsenses 2 to 4 Old English cælf, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch kalf and German Kalb. sense 1 Middle English: from Old Norse kálfi, of unknown origin.Extra examples The calves are grazed intensively during their first season. Their prize cow is in calf. These calves are reared for beef.Idioms (of a cow) pregnant
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