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calf 1

 (kăf, käf)
n. pl. calves (kăvz, kävz)
1.
a. A young cow or bull.
b. One of the young of certain other mammals, such as moose, elephants, or whales.
2. Calfskin leather.
3. A large floating chunk of ice split off from a glacier, iceberg, or floe.
4. An awkward, callow youth.

[Middle English, from Old English cealf.]

calf 2

 (kăf, käf)
n. pl. calves (kăvz, kävz)
The fleshy muscular back part of the human leg between the knee and ankle.

[Middle English, from Old Norse kālfi; possibly akin to calf (from its shape).]
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calf

(kɑːf)
n, pl calves
1. (Zoology) the young of cattle, esp domestic cattle.
2. (Zoology) the young of certain other mammals, such as the buffalo, elephant, giraffe, and whale
3. (Geological Science) a large piece of floating ice detached from an iceberg, etc
4. kill the fatted calf to celebrate lavishly, esp as a welcome
5. (Tanning) another name for calfskin
[Old English cealf; related to Old Norse kālfr, Gothic kalbō, Old High German kalba]

calf

(kɑːf)
n, pl calves
(Anatomy) the thick fleshy part of the back of the leg between the ankle and the knee.
[C14: from Old Norse kalfi]
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calf1

(kæf, kɑf)

n., pl. calves (kavz, kävz).
1. the young of the domestic cow or other bovine animal.
2. the young of certain other mammals, as the elephant, seal, and whale.
3. calfskin leather.
4. Informal. an awkward, silly boy or man.
5. a mass of ice detached from a glacier, iceberg, or floe.
[before 900; Old English cealf, calf]

calf2

(kæf, kɑf)

n., pl. calves (kavz, kävz).
the fleshy part of the back of the human leg below the knee.
[1275–1325; < Old Norse kalfi]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.calf - young of domestic cattlecalf - young of domestic cattle    
young mammal - any immature mammal
Bos taurus, cattle, cows, kine, oxen - domesticated bovine animals as a group regardless of sex or age; "so many head of cattle"; "wait till the cows come home"; "seven thin and ill-favored kine"- Bible; "a team of oxen"
dogie, dogy, leppy - motherless calf in a range herd of cattle
maverick - an unbranded range animal (especially a stray calf); belongs to the first person who puts a brand on it
veal, veau - meat from a calf
2.calf - the muscular back part of the shank
skeletal muscle, striated muscle - a muscle that is connected at either or both ends to a bone and so move parts of the skeleton; a muscle that is characterized by transverse stripes
shank - the part of the human leg between the knee and the ankle
mid-calf - the middle of the calf; half way between the knee and ankle
gastrocnemius, gastrocnemius muscle - the muscle in the back part of the leg that forms the greater part of the calf; responsible for the plantar flexion of the foot
soleus, soleus muscle - a broad flat muscle in the calf of the leg under the gastrocnemius muscle
Achilles tendon, tendon of Achilles - a large tendon that runs from the heel to the calf
3.calf - fine leather from the skin of a calf
leather - an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning
box calf - black calfskin leather tanned with chromium salts
4.calf - young of various large placental mammals e.g. whale or giraffe or elephant or buffalo
young mammal - any immature mammal
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

calf

noun
Related words
adjective vituline
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Translations
بطّـة السّاق ، رَبْلَهجِلْدُ العِجِلرَبْلَةعِجِلعِجْل
lýtkoteletelecí kůžemládě
kalvlægkalveskind
bovido
vasikas
pohjevasikkapoikanen
list nogetele
borjújégtömbkölyök
kálfurkálfikálfshúî, kálfskinn
ふくらはぎ子牛脹脛こうし
송아지종아리
sura
liels/ikrimazulisteļādateļš
kalfkuitkuitspierjong
lýtkoteľa
tele
teleтеле
kalvvader
น่องลูกวัว
danabaldırbuzağıdana derisi…yavrusu
bắp châncon bê

calf

1 [kɑːf]
A. N (calves (pl))
1. (= young cow) → becerro/a m/f, ternero/a m/f; (= young seal, elephant etc) → cría f; (= young whale) → ballenato m
the cow is in or with calfla vaca está preñada
to kill the fatted calfcelebrar una fiesta de bienvenida
B. CPD calf love Namor m juvenil

calf

2 [kɑːf] N (calves (pl)) (Anat) → pantorrilla f, canilla f (esp LAm)
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calf

[ˈkɑːf] [calves] [ˈkɑːvz] (pl) n
[cow] → veau m
[other animal] → petit m
(= calfskin) → veau m, vachette f
[leg] → mollet m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

calf

:
calf love
n(jugendliche) Schwärmerei
calfskin
nKalb(s)leder nt

calf

1
n pl <calves>
Kalb nt; a cow in or with calfeine trächtige Kuh
(= young elephant, seal etc)Junge(s) nt, → -junge(s) nt
(= leather)Kalb(s)leder nt

calf

2
n pl <calves> (Anat) → Wade f
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calf

1 [kɑːf] n (calves (pl)) [kɑːvs]
a. (young cow) → vitello
seal/elephant calf → piccolo di foca/elefante

calf

2 [kɑːf] n (calves (pl)) [kɑːvs] (Anat) → polpaccio
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

calf1

(kaːf) plural calves (kaːvz) noun
1. the young of a cow, elephant, whale etc.
2. (also ˈcalfskin) leather made from the skin of the young of a cow.
calve (kaːv) verb
to give birth to a calf. The cow calved last night.

calf2

(kaːf) plural calves (kaːvz) noun
the thick fleshy back part of the leg below the knee. She has slim ankles but fat calves.
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calf

رَبْلَة, عِجْل lýtko, tele kalv, læg Kalb, Wade γάμπα, μοσχάρι cría, pantorrilla, ternero pohje, vasikka mollet, veau list noge, tele polpaccio, vitello ふくらはぎ, 子牛 송아지, 종아리 kalf, kuit kalv, legg cielę, łydka bezerro, gémeo, panturrilha икра, теленок kalv, vader น่อง, ลูกวัว baldır, dana bắp chân, con bê 小牛, 小腿
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009

calf

n.,pl. pantorrilla; [animal] ternero-a.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

calf

n (pl calves) (anat) pantorrilla
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* I'm not certain about that piece of equipment, but it looks like an old calf puller that my Grandfather once had.
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