the young of the domestic cow or other bovine animal.
the young of certain other mammals, as elephants, seals, and whales.
Informal. an awkward, silly boy or man.
a mass of ice detached from a glacier, iceberg, or floe.
Idioms about calf
in calf, (of a cow or other animal having calves) pregnant.
kill the fatted calf, to prepare an elaborate feast in welcome or celebration.
- calf·less, adjective
- calf·like, adjective
Other definitions for calf (2 of 2)
the fleshy part of the back of the human leg below the knee.
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How to use calf in a sentence
Ulises Segura’s season ended in mid-September with a calf ailment.D.C. United’s first offseason priority: Hiring a coach | Steven Goff | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
Only camel calves around four to eight months old could give the virus to people, he found.When physicians and veterinarians team up, all species benefit | Liz Devitt | November 5, 2020 | Science News For Students
Females need a lot in the “bank” because their calves need a lot of energy.The secret to helping this resilient whale species lies in its genes | By Emma Carroll/The Conversation | November 2, 2020 | Popular-Science
They noted that the disease would roll through communities every few years, causing pregnant heifers and cows to lose their calves.The idea of herd immunity to manage the coronavirus should ring alarm bells | Rebecca Kaplan | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
A somewhat worrying detail, in that respect, is that they tested muscle composition in the two muscles of the calf, the soleus and gastrocnemius, but only found a significant relationship between fiber type and training outcome for the gastrocnemius.
The dimmed lights and sizeable golden calf on the center of the conference table should tip you off.‘Persecuted’ Is the Christian Right’s Paranoid Wet Dream | Candida Moss | July 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Independence may well be the modern day Golden calf to which far too many of us bow down and worship.
“Good, number 15 – she and her calf are still in the same place,” he said.Borana Joins the Fight to Save Kenya’s Rhinos…and Wants You to Help Too | Joanna Eede | February 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At her side was her calf, which turned and squinted at us through baby eyes.Borana Joins the Fight to Save Kenya’s Rhinos…and Wants You to Help Too | Joanna Eede | February 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The modest calf-length skirts and dresses could be tailor made for Kate Middleton.
A small book, bound in full purple calf, lay half hidden in a nest of fine tissue paper on the dressing-table.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
The calf and the bear shall feed: their young ones shall rest together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
When he assails a calf, the cow will rush upon him, and one toss from her horns is sufficient to kill him.Hunting the Lions | R.M. Ballantyne
New milker with a calf still beside her—purty as a picture, the pair of 'em, and dirt cheap.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
Looks like good stock, that calf does; 's if 't might make a nice steer, but 'twon't never be a cow to give milk.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for calf (1 of 2)
the young of cattle, esp domestic cattle: Related adjective: vituline
the young of certain other mammals, such as the buffalo, elephant, giraffe, and whale
a large piece of floating ice detached from an iceberg, etc
kill the fatted calf to celebrate lavishly, esp as a welcome
another name for calfskin
British Dictionary definitions for calf (2 of 2)
the thick fleshy part of the back of the leg between the ankle and the knee: Related adjective: sural
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Other Idioms and Phrases with calf
see kill the fatted calf; puppy (calf) love.
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