• A woman and two children with a calf
    A woman and two children with a calf
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n calf young of domestic cattle
    • n calf young of various large placental mammals e.g. whale or giraffe or elephant or buffalo
    • n calf the muscular back part of the shank
    • n calf fine leather from the skin of a calf
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Shorty Held the Calf 195 Shorty Held the Calf 195
A calf at a gate A calf at a gate

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "maverick" came into use after Samuel Maverick, a Texan, refused to brand his cattle. Eventually any unbranded calf became known as a Maverick
    • Calf A small island near a larger; as, the Calf of Man.
    • Calf A small mass of ice set free from the submerged part of a glacier or berg, and rising to the surface.
    • Calf An awkward or silly boy or young man; any silly person; a dolt. "Some silly, doting, brainless calf ."
    • Calf Leather made of the skin of the calf; especially, a fine, light-colored leather used in bookbinding; as, to bind books in calf .
    • Calf The fleshy hinder part of the leg below the knee.
    • Calf 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In a day the blue whale calf drinks approximately 130 gallons of milk
    • n calf The young of the cow or of other bovine quadrupeds. In customs laws, and as established by treaties of commerce between many European countries, a young animal ceases to be a calf when it has shed its two front milk-teeth, which takes place some time between its 16th and its 24th month.
    • n calf The young of marine mammals, as seals and cetaceans, the adults of which are called bulls and cows.
    • n calf In heraldry, a fawn.
    • n calf Calfskin leather: as, a shoe made of calf; a book bound in calf.
    • n calf A bookbinding in calfskin.
    • n calf An immature or raw person; a silly dolt; a weak or cowardly man.
    • n calf A small island lying near a large one (the two being compared to a cow with its calf): as, the calf of Man.
    • n calf A mass of earth which separates from the walls of a cutting or excavation, and falls in. Compare calve, 3, and cave.
    • n calf Nautical, a mass of floe-ice, breaking from under the floe and rising to the surface of the water, often with violence.
    • n calf The thick fleshy part of the human leg behind, between the knee and the ankle, chiefly formed by the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles, which are relatively larger in man than in any other animal, for the better support of the body in the erect attitude.
    • n calf The part of a stocking which covers the calf of the leg.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Haggis, the national dish of Scotland: take the heart, liver, lungs, and small intestine of a calf or sheep, boil them in the stomach of the animal, season with salt, pepper and onions, add suet and oatmeal.
    • n Calf käf the young of the cow and of some other animals, as marine mammals: calf-skin leather, bookbinding in such: a stupid or a cowardly person
    • n Calf käf the thick fleshy part of the leg behind
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  • Woody Allen
    “The lion and the calf will lay down together, but the calf won't get much sleep..”


Calf lick - A calf lick is the weird parting in your fringe where your hair grows in a different direction, usually to one side.
Kill the fatted calf - If you kill the fatted calf, you have a celebration, usually to welcome someone who's been away a long time.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. calf, kelf, AS. cealf,; akin to D. kalf, G. kalb, Icel. kālfr, Sw. kalf, Dan. kalv, Goth. kalbō,; cf. Skr. garbha, fetus, young, Gr. , Skr grabh, to seize, conceive, Ir. colpa, colpach, a calf. √222
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. kalfi; perh. the same word as the preceding.


In literature:

The calf of one kind of whale is about fourteen feet long when it is born, and it weighs about a ton.
"Fighting the Whales" by R.M. Ballantyne
He says you-uns will be sorry you shot that calf afore he gits done with you.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon
The calf is fed by hand.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
I know the fatted calf's waiting for me, getting fatter every day.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
For the past three days I have been at The Golden Calf, just in the street above.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
Calf and his men went ashore, and anon a band of men set upon them, and Calf forthwith gave battle.
"The Sagas of Olaf Tryggvason and of Harald The Tyrant (Harald Haardraade)" by Snorri Sturluson
You can never be sure what a moose will do if she finds you near her calf.
"Wood Folk at School" by William J. Long
I once saw one of these cows with a buffalo calf.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
Oh, harmless, innocent calf-love!
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
If the calf flesh is once lost, it can never be regained.
"Cattle and Cattle-breeders" by William M'Combie

In poetry:

LILE bonnie calf I hand-reared
When t' white cow wur taken away,
Thoo followed me round our fold-yard
Like a puppy at play.
"T' Calf" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
Now let the fatted calf be slain,
And spread the news around;
My son was dead, but lives again,
Was lost, but now is found.
"The Prodigal Son" by John Newton
Some golden calf, or golden dream,
Some fancied creature-good,
Presumes to share the heart with him,
Who bought the whole with blood.
"The Golden Calf" by John Newton
Since then two hundred years have fled,
And, I infer, the calf is dead.
But still he left behind his trail,
And thereby hangs my moral tale.
"The Calf-Path" by Sam Walter Foss
But how the wise old wood-gods laugh,
Who saw the first primeval calf!
Ah! many things this tale might teach --
But I am not ordained to preach.
"The Calf-Path" by Sam Walter Foss
Me--I was only a comon feller,
An' love--wall! jus' lak de leetle calf,
An' it's true, I’m sure, w'at dey offen tell her,
I’m de uglies' man on boar' de raf'.
"Snubbing (Tying-up) The Raft" by William Henry Drummond

In news:

He took a stray ball to the calf and winced in pain.
Fort Defiance, Ariz, breakaway roper Serena Dahozy slams the brakes after getting her calf roped on Sunday at the 66th annual Navajo Nation Fair Rodeo in Window Rock.
Roper Jack Vanderlas, from Temecula, Calif, rushes to tie down a calf during calf roping on the first day of the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days Rodeo Tuesday.
Calf roper Clif Cooper hoists his calf looking for the handle during his first run on the opening day of the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days Rodeo.
Don't miss out the free rodeo action this morning starting at 7:00AM MDT at the Frontier Park Rodeo Arena as the second section of calf roping slack gets underway.
Bryce Harper scratched from Nationals lineup with left calf tightness .
View full size Michigan Ag Council Meet a dairy calf at Breakfast on the Farm.
A tiny rancher shows off her stock during the Bucket Calf Show at the Callaway County Fair Wednesday.
Phillips says East Texas is one of the leading cow-calf production centers in the country.
Calf #12 Tuf Cooper - 12.91, Cody Ohl - 8.26.
TBILISI, GEORGIA— In just another rare instance, a two-headed calf was born in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia.
It's a miracle: Egyptian farmer's cow gives birth to two-headed calf.
Egyptian farmers feed their two-headed calf that still can't stand… (AP ).
An Egyptian famer is declaring a "divine miracle" as the explanation for his cow giving birth to a two-headed calf.
Tight supplies and growing hopes for winter forage are suporting calf and feeder markets despite the gyrations in corn volatility and outside markets.

In science:

If one further considers the theory of abelian 2-forms on such curves, one immediately gets the Seiberg-Witten prepotential (the N = 2 SUSY substitute of the low-energy effective action) F (aA ), of which the second derivative is the period matrix of the spectral curve C : aB = ∂ calF /∂aA , T = ∂aB /∂aA .
Whitham Integrability in Seiberg-Witten Theory
The sub ject received an alternating 9 second painful then neutral heat stimulus to the right calf, interspersed with 9 seconds of rest, repeated 10 times.
Detecting sparse cone alternatives for Gaussian random fields, with an application to fMRI
R = {waist, forearm, calf, thigh} we have selected at least two relevant variables.
Multiple Testing for Exploratory Research
Or, if calf can be excluded, then the results do not give reason to still suspect that neck was a false null hypothesis.
Discussion of "Multiple Testing for Exploratory Research" by J. J. Goeman and A. Solari
In the regression example, there are nine such sets, the first two being {waist, height, calf, thigh } and {waist, neck, calf, thigh }.
Discussion of "Multiple Testing for Exploratory Research" by J. J. Goeman and A. Solari