- a small wagon for carrying coal, ore, etc.
- a wicker basket formerly used for this purpose.
- a basket, cage, or boxlike structure with perforations for keeping lobsters or fish alive in water.
Origin of corf
1350–1400; Middle English < Middle Dutch (cognate with German Korb) < Latin corbis basket; cf. corbeil
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Examples from the Web for corf
No Corf to-day, now, though about only an hours sail from here!William Sharp (Fiona Macleod)
Elizabeth A. Sharp
While I was loading my corf, he asked me if I should like to have him for a father-in-law.The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4
George W. M. Reynolds
After much negotiation the start was made from Corf on the eve of Pentecost 1203.
They reached Corf, hanged Liovecchio and planted a garrison there.
At Corf a Turkish pacha came on board with his harem, to our lively interest.Julia Ward Howe
Laura E. Richards
- British a wagon or basket used formerly in mines
C14: from Middle Dutch corf or Middle Low German korf, probably from Latin corbis basket
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