calf 1 (kăf, käf)
n. pl. calves (kăvz, kävz)
a. A young cow or bull.
b. One of the young of certain other mammals, such as moose, elephants, or whales.
2. Calfskin leather.
3. A large floating chunk of ice split off from a glacier, iceberg, or floe.
4. An awkward, callow youth.
[Middle English, from Old English cealf.]
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