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noun, plural corves [kawrvz] /kɔrvz/. British.
  1. Mining.
    1. a small wagon for carrying coal, ore, etc.
    2. a wicker basket formerly used for this purpose.
  2. a basket, cage, or boxlike structure with perforations for keeping lobsters or fish alive in water.
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Origin of corf

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle Dutch (cognate with German Korb) < Latin corbis basket; cf. corbeil
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Examples from the Web for corf

Historical Examples

  • 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

  • They reached Corf, hanged Liovecchio and planted a garrison there.

  • After much negotiation the start was made from Corf on the eve of Pentecost 1203.

  • At Corf a Turkish pacha came on board with his harem, to our lively interest.

    Julia Ward Howe

    Laura E. Richards

British Dictionary definitions for corf


noun plural corves
  1. British a wagon or basket used formerly in mines
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Word Origin

C14: from Middle Dutch corf or Middle Low German korf, probably from Latin corbis basket
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