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Calf. n.s. calves in the plural. [calꝼ, Saxon; kalf, Dutch.]

  1. The young of a cow.

    The colt hath about four years of growth; and so the fawn, and so the calf. Bacon's Nat. Hist. № 759.

    Acosta tells us of a fowl in Peru, called condores, which will, of themselves, kill and eat up a whole calf at a time. Wilkin's Mathematical Magick.

    Ah! Blouzelind, I love thee more by half,
    Than does their fawns, or cows the new-fall'n calf.

  2. Calves of the lips, mentioned by Hosea, signify sacrifices of praise and prayers, which the captives of Babylon addressed to God, being no longer in a condition to offer sacrifices in his temple. Calmet.

    Take with you words, and turn to the Lord, and say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously, so will we render the calves of our lips. Hosea, xiv. 2.

  3. The thick, plump, bulbous part of the leg. [kalf, Dutch.]

    Into her legs I'd have love's issues fall,
    And all her calf into a gouty small.

    The calf of that leg blistered. Wiseman's Surgery.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Calmet, Antoine Augustin (10) · Gay, John (51) · The Bible - Hosea (3) · Suckling, John (16) · Wilkins, John (32) · Wiseman, Richard (68)

Attributes: Dutch (90) · Noun Substantive (1269) · Saxon (215)

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