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calve

[ kav, kahv ]
/ kæv, kɑv /
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verb (used without object), calved, calv·ing.

to give birth to a calf: The cow is expected to calve tomorrow.
(of a glacier, an iceberg, etc.) to break up or splinter so as to produce a detached piece.

verb (used with object), calved, calv·ing.

to give birth to (a calf).
(of a glacier, an iceberg, etc.) to break off or detach (a piece): The glacier calved an iceberg.

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Origin of calve

before 1000; Middle English calven,Old English (Anglian) *calfian, derivative of calfcalf1; cognate with Old English (West Saxon ) cealfian
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British Dictionary definitions for calve

calve
/ (kɑːv) /

verb

to give birth to (a calf)
(of a glacier or iceberg) to release (masses of ice) in breaking up
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