calf
Pronunciation
  • (British) enPR: käf, IPA: /kɑːf/
  • (America, Can) enPR: kǎf, IPA: /kæf/
  • (AUS, New Zealand, Northern England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland) IPA: /kɐːf/
Noun

calf (plural calves)

  1. A young cow or bull.
  2. Leather made of the skin of the calf; especially, a fine, light-coloured leather used in bookbinding.
  3. A young deer, elephant, seal, whale or giraffe (also used of some other animals).
  4. A chunk of ice broken from a larger glacier, ice shelf, or iceberg.
  5. A small island, near a larger island.
    the Calf of Man
  6. A cabless railroad engine.
  7. (informal, dated) An awkward or silly boy or young man; any silly person; a dolt.
    • some silly, doting, brainless calf
Synonyms Related terms Translations Translations Noun

calf (plural calves)

  1. (anatomy) The back of the leg below the knee.
  2. The muscle in the back of the leg below the knee.
    • 1988, Steve Holman, "Christian Conquers Columbus", Ironman, 47 (6): 28-34.
      Sure, his calves are a little weak, but the rest of his physique is so overwhelming, he should place high.
Translations Translations
  • German: Wadenmuskel
  • Italian: polpaccio
  • Portuguese: tríceps sural
  • Russian: и́кра



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