- to give birth to a calf: The cow is expected to calve tomorrow.
- (of a glacier, an iceberg, etc.) to break up or splinter so as to produce a detached piece.
- to give birth to (a calf).
- (of a glacier, an iceberg, etc.) to break off or detach (a piece): The glacier calved an iceberg.
Origin of calve
before 1000; Middle English calven, Old English (Anglian) *calfian, derivative of calf calf1; cognate with Old English (West Saxon) cealfian
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Examples from the Web for calving
But do not expect to obtain the full yield of a cow the first year after calving.
It is called dropping after calving, from its following the parturient state.
In cases of difficult parturition, or calving, resort is occasionally had to them.
After calving, some cracks and sores appear in the udder; they get very troublesome.
They generally take it about the thirteenth or fourteenth day after calving.
- to give birth to (a calf)
- (of a glacier or iceberg) to release (masses of ice) in breaking up
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Word Origin and History for calving
Old English cealfian, from cealf "calf" (see calf (n.1)). Of icebergs, 1837. Related: Calved; calving.
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