Definition of bobby calf in English:

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noun

  • An unweaned calf slaughtered for veal.

Origin

1920s: perhaps from bob2, bobby calf being one of a number of collocations where bobby has the sense 'small, short'. Compare with the dialect term staggering bob for a very young calf or its meat, recorded from the late 18th century, perhaps from the pet form of Robert.

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