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calve, break upverb
"The icebergs and glaciers calve"
calve, have youngverb
"the whales calve at this time of year"
To give birth to a calf.
To assist the giving of birth of a calf.
Especially of an iceberg, glacier, etc. to break off or shed a large piece.
"The sea was dangerous because of icebergs calving off the nearby glacier."
Etymology: Verb form related to calf
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from calf.
When she has calv’d, then set the dam aside,
And for the tender progeny provide. John Dryden, Virgil.
I would they were barbarians, as they are,
Though in Rome litter’d; not Romans: as they are not;
Though calved in the porch o’ th’ capitol. William Shakespeare, Coriolan.
The grassy clods now calv’d, now half appear’d
The tawny lion, pawing to get free
His hinder parts. Paradise Lost, b. vii. l. 463.
to bring forth a calf
to bring forth young; to produce offspring
Etymology: [AS. cealfian. See Calf.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
käv, v.i. to bring forth a calf. [A.S. cealfian. See Calf.]
To give birth to a calf.
The cows did tend to calve during the night.
Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020
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The numerical value of calve in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of calve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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