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[kahr-vuh n] /ˈkɑr vən/
adjective, Archaic.
Origin of carven
See carve, -en3; replacing Middle English corven, Old English corfen (past participle) Unabridged
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  • He turned her hand and saw that the ring was shaped and carven like a crown—a crown with points.

    The Tigress Anne Warner
  • He stole about, and the carven shell He hid in his bosom away.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • He sat there like a carven figure with his face in his hand.

    Tongues of Conscience Robert Smythe Hichens
  • There is something in the carven box which the shrieking oracle commended to me.

    Hypolympia Edmund Gosse
  • Trust not in sophistry: the laws of men are carven upon stone, the laws of Heaven upon the heart!

    The Hill of Venus Nathan Gallizier
  • But here I can see no painted picture nor carven image that I could put up.

    The N Plays of Japan Arthur Waley
  • I have transposed the two incidents, as in her version Tommy Grimes was a clever carver and carried about with him a carven leg.

  • It was a large low room, with a vaulted roof of carven wood.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • He stepped nearer to Alvarado, seized the carven crucifix, and lifted it to the light.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • The features of his face were white as death and carven like those of a statue.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for carven


an archaic or literary past participle of carve
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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