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[kawrf] /kɔrf/
noun, plural corves
[kawrvz] /kɔrvz/ (Show IPA).
  1. a small wagon for carrying coal, ore, etc.
  2. 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 Unabridged
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  • 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.

    Venice and its Story Thomas Okey
  • They reached corf, hanged Liovecchio and planted a garrison there.

    Venice and its Story Thomas Okey
  • At corf a Turkish pacha came on board with his harem, to our lively interest.

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • Say, corf,” Atkinson bustled up to me, “is your machine running?

  • At length a young woman, bearing a corf, came with a light; and I was no longer left in obscurity.

    The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4 George W. M. Reynolds
  • The young Alexius, therefore, was told that the leaders would receive him at corf, whither the fleet was bound.

    Venice and its Story Thomas Okey
  • Zane, the Venetian commander, wasted his force waiting at Zara, then learned that the allies were at corf.

    Venice and its Story Thomas Okey
  • I bought no end o' lozengers and things off the barrers, as they sez cures a corf in no time; but they didn't do me a bit o' good.

    Rogues and Vagabonds George R. Sims
British Dictionary definitions for corf


noun (pl) corves
(Brit) a wagon or basket used formerly in mines
Word Origin
C14: from Middle Dutch corf or Middle Low German korf, probably from Latin corbis basket
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