Definition of bobby calf in English:

bobby calf

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɒbi
 
/

noun

An unweaned calf slaughtered for veal.
More example sentences
  • It has strongly opposed the use of the tags on bobby calves going to slaughter from this time.
  • In return the sharemilker receives 29% of the farm's milk income and a half share of bobby calf income.
  • The current closure of the slaughter house has meant that the number of bobby calves is building up on farms.

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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