verb (used without object), calved, calv·ing.
verb (used with object), calved, calv·ing.
- calvary cross,
- calvin cycle,
- calvin, john
Origin of calve
Examples from the Web for calve
These Welsh heifers will calve about May; and they are just the very thing for a cottager.Rural Rides|William Cobbett
Farmers do not kill their breeding ewes in March, nor butcher cows that are to calve in a month; it does not pay.In New England Fields and Woods|Rowland E. Robinson
In taking some calve's-foot jelly from the fire, she had inadvertently overturned the boiling liquid.Trevlyn Hold|Mrs. Henry Wood
We have a goddess that makes the butter to come in the churn, curdles the milk for the cheese, and helps the cow to calve.Lords of the World|Alfred John Church
They have milk at all times, and may be milked all the year, excepting four or five days before they calve.Buffon's Natural History. Volume V (of 10)|Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
Old English cealfian, from cealf "calf" (see calf (n.1)). Of icebergs, 1837. Related: Calved; calving.