carve

[ kahrv ]
/ kɑrv /

verb (used with object), carved, carv·ing.

verb (used without object), carved, carv·ing.

to carve figures, designs, etc.
to cut meat.

Origin of carve

before 1000; Middle English kerven, Old English ceorfan to cut; cognate with Middle Low German kerven, German kerben, Greek gráphein to mark, write; see graph

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carve

/ (kɑːv) /

verb

(tr) to cut or chip in order to form somethingto carve wood
to decorate or form (something) by cutting or chippingto carve statues
to slice (meat) into piecesto carve a turkey

Word Origin for carve

Old English ceorfan; related to Old Frisian kerva, Middle High German kerben to notch
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