Definitions for: Calf

[n] young of domestic cattle
[n] young of various large placental mammals e.g. whale or giraffe or elephant or buffalo
[n] the muscular back part of the shank
[n] fine leather from the skin of a calf

Webster (1913) Definition: Calf, n.; pl. Calves. [OE. calf, kelf, AS. cealf; akin
to D. kalf, G. kalb, Icel. k[=a]lfr, Sw. kalf, Dan. kalv,
Goth. kalb[=o]; cf. Skr. garbha fetus, young, Gr. ?????, Skr
grabh to seize, conceive, Ir. colpa, colpach, a calf.
1. The young of the cow, or of the Bovine family of
quadrupeds. Also, the young of some other mammals, as of
the elephant, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, and whale.

2. Leather made of the skin of the calf; especially, a fine,
light-colored leather used in bookbinding; as, to bind
books in calf.

3. An awkward or silly boy or young man; any silly person; a
dolt. [Colloq.]

Some silly, doting, brainless calf. --Drayton.

4. A small island near a larger; as, the Calf of Man.

5. A small mass of ice set free from the submerged part of a
glacier or berg, and rising to the surface. --Kane.

6. [Cf. Icel. k[=a]lfi.] The fleshy hinder part of the leg
below the knee.

Calf's-foot jelly, jelly made from the feet of calves. The
gelatinous matter of the feet is extracted by boiling, and
is flavored with sugar, essences, etc.

Synonyms: calfskin, sura

See Also: Achilles tendon, Bos taurus, box calf, cattle, cows, dogie, dogy, gastrocnemius, gastrocnemius muscle, kine, leather, leppy, maverick, oxen, shank, skeletal muscle, soleus, soleus muscle, tendon of Achilles, veal, veau, young mammal

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