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[kahr-vuh n] /ˈkɑr vən/
adjective, Archaic.
Origin of carven
See carve, -en3; replacing Middle English corven, Old English corfen (past participle) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He stole about, and the carven shell He hid in his bosom away.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • A henchman attended, carried the carven cup in hand, served the clear mead.

    Beowulf Anonymous
  • The eyelids with their long lashes looked as if they were carven.

    The Girls at Mount Morris

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • And she pointed with her fan to a carven chair that was placed near her feet.

    Cleopatra H. Rider Haggard
  • A fish lying on shore was turned by the moon into ivory with carven scales.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • The man micht be a carven image, and Leevie no better nor a shifty in the pook.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • There is something in the carven box which the shrieking oracle commended to me.


    Edmund Gosse
  • Her face was not hidden: it was cold and pure and still, like carven marble.

    To Have and To Hold Mary Johnston
  • He sat there like a carven figure with his face in his hand.

    Tongues of Conscience

    Robert Smythe Hichens
  • Along the foot of the balustrade was carven the revolt of the Titans.

    The Death of the Gods Dmitri Mrejkowski
British Dictionary definitions for carven


an archaic or literary past participle of carve
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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