meaning of calve

calve meaning in General Dictionary

to create forth a calf

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  • release ice
  • give birth to (a calf)
  • To bring forth a calf.
  • To bring forth younger; to produce offspring.

calve meaning in Etymology Dictionary

Old English cealfian, from cealf "calf" (see calf (n.1)). Of icebergs, 1837. Relevant: Calved; calving.