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calve

[kav, kahv] /kæv, kɑv/
verb (used without object), calved, calving.
1.
to give birth to a calf:
The cow is expected to calve tomorrow.
2.
(of a glacier, an iceberg, etc.) to break up or splinter so as to produce a detached piece.
verb (used with object), calved, calving.
3.
to give birth to (a calf).
4.
(of a glacier, an iceberg, etc.) to break off or detach (a piece):
The glacier calved an iceberg.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English calven, Old English (Anglian) *calfian, derivative of calf calf1; cognate with Old English (West Saxon) cealfian
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British Dictionary definitions for calved

calve

/kɑːv/
verb
1.
to give birth to (a calf)
2.
(of a glacier or iceberg) to release (masses of ice) in breaking up
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Word Origin and History for calved

calve

v.

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

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