young of domestic cattle
the muscular back part of the shank
fine leather from the skin of a calf
young of various large placental mammals e.g. whale or giraffe or elephant or buffalo
the young of the cow, or of the Bovine family of quadrupeds. Also, the young of some other mammals, as of the elephant, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, and whale
leather made of the skin of the calf; especially, a fine, light-colored leather used in bookbinding; as, to bind books in calf
an awkward or silly boy or young man; any silly person; a dolt
a small island near a larger; as, the Calf of Man
a small mass of ice set free from the submerged part of a glacier or berg, and rising to the surface
the fleshy hinder part of the leg below the knee
Origin: [OE. calf, kelf, AS. cealf; akin to D. kalf, G. kalb, Icel. klfr, Sw. kalf, Dan. kalv, Goth. kalb; cf. Skr. garbha fetus, young, Gr. , Skr grabh to seize, conceive, Ir. colpa, colpach, a calf. 222.]
Calves are the young of domestic cattle. Calves are reared to become adult cattle, or are slaughtered for their meat, called veal.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
käf, n. the young of the cow and of some other animals, as marine mammals: calf-skin leather, bookbinding in such: a stupid or a cowardly person:—pl. Calves (kävz).—ns. Calf′-love, an attachment between a boy and girl; Calf's′-foot, Calves'-foot, the foot of the calf, used in making a palatable jelly; Calf′-skin, the skin of the calf, making a good leather for bookbinding and shoes.—Divinity calf, a dark-brown calf bookbinding, with blind stamping, and without gilding—common in the binding of theological books; Golden calf, the idol set up by Aaron during the absence of Moses on Sinai, or those erected by Jeroboam at Bethel and Dan: worship of Mammon or wealth; Half-calf, a bookbinding in which the back and corners are in calf-skin; Mottled calf, a light coloured bookbinding, decorated by the sprinkling of acid in drops; Smooth calf, a binding in plain or undecorated calf leather.—The calves of our lips (Hosea, xiv. 2), an offering of praise (the Septuagint reads, 'The fruit of our lips').—Tree calf, a bright brown calf bookbinding, stained by acids with a pattern resembling the trunk and branches of a tree. [A.S. cealf; Ger. kalb.]
käf, n. the thick fleshy part of the leg behind.—adj. Calf′less, with a thin, poor calf. [Ice. kalfi; perh. the same word as the preceding.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'calf' in Nouns Frequency: #2889
The numerical value of calf in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of calf in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The lion and the calf shall lie down together but the calf won't get much sleep.
The lion and the calf will lay down together, but the calf won't get much sleep..
We are thrilled to continue our commitment to the sustainability of the Masai giraffe population in North America with this calf.
Herd rebuilding is on the way, but putting a calf into the herd today will take at least a year and a half before you get anything out of it.
We need to introduce the calf to the other giraffes, and to the outdoors, so it takes a while. We know people are anxious to see the calf, but it is really for its safety.
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