calve

[kav, kahv] .
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:
before 1000; Middle English calven, Old English (Anglian) *calfian, derivative of calf calf1; cognate with Old English (West Saxon) cealfian

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calve (kɑːv)
 
vb
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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calve
O.E. cealfian, from cealf "calf" (see calf). Of icebergs, 1837.
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Example sentences
If global warming ends up causing glaciers to accelerate their calving, it's worth watching.
That's because of the calving, the term that's given when big chunks of the glacier break off.
Electric fencing now surrounds calving lots in many risky areas.
It is wildebeest calving season, and many of those giant bearded antelope have newborns trailing them.
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