Definition of calve in English:
1 [no object] (Of cows and certain other large animals) give birth to a calf.
- We are not aware of similar data reported for cows calving during different seasons of the year.
- Cows calved from February 15 to March 20 at the Eastern Colorado Research Center.
- Unlike on most dairy farms, all the cows calve at the same time of year, and the cows are not milked in wintertime.
1.1 [with object] (Of a person) help (a cow) give birth to a calf.
- Cows and newly calved heifers are immune to gutworms and very rarely show any signs of infection.
- And he claims to have lost 37 calves during the winter, when he could not be present during complicated deliveries, because he was calving elsewhere.
- Very often those calved heifers fail to go back in calf easily and become late calvers the following season.
2 [with object] (Of an iceberg or glacier) split and shed (a smaller mass of ice).
- Out past a cruising leopard seal, the distant Marr Glacier calves another berg, the boom echoing across the water.
- The glacier frequently calves huge chunks of ice into the Copper River.
- It has shelves that calve big icebergs all the time, and we've tracked a lot of bergs from there.
2.1 [no object] (Of a mass of ice) split off from an iceberg or glacier.
- They have calved off the Grey Glacier and been blown along the lake by the wind.
- Every now and then a massive block of ice calved off into the water.
- They were bruised and bloodied, but at least they had prevented a huge piece of the ice-shelf from being calved off into the ocean.
Old English calfian, from cælf 'calf'.
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