- plural of corf.
- a small wagon for carrying coal, ore, etc.
- a wicker basket formerly used for this purpose.
- a basket, cage, or boxlike structure with perforations for keeping lobsters or fish alive in water.
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 corves
Each day the corves had brought the same news from the kitchen.Atlantic Narratives
Corves of 20,000 men used to be forced to clear it out year after year, but at last it was abandoned.
Indeed, certain impious villeins complain, "The tithe is worse than the imposts and the corves."Life on a Mediaeval Barony
William Stearns Davis
Next to the corves, the monster grievance of the third estate was the system of enrolments for the militia.Diderot and the Encyclopaedists (Vol 1 of 2)
What the collection of the taxes had begun was almost always brought to a climax by the corves.
- the plural of corf
- British a wagon or basket used formerly in mines
C14: from Middle Dutch corf or Middle Low German korf, probably from Latin corbis basket
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