Adjective "calf" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A young bovine animal, especially a domestic cow or bull in its first year.
  1. 'There were one hundred and thirty lots in all from bull calves, and heifer calves.'
  2. 'There will be special arrangements for the movement of young calves, bulls, breeding pigs and probably sheep in the autumn.'
  3. 'They raise their own replacement heifers and sell their bull calves to another organic farmer nearby.'
  4. 'He rears the bull calves to a year-and-a-half and the heifer calves to two-year-olds.'
  5. 'The young and dairy-type Friesian bull calves have dropped back to €50 / head at the low end of the price scale.'
  6. 'Dairy bull calves reared for beef through a pioneering fattening scheme are achieving gross margin returns of £199 a head for Pembrokeshire farmers.'
  7. 'Newborn buffalo calves, like bovine calves, can succumb in large numbers to viruses, bacteria, and poor nutrition.'
  8. 'This will lead to a continuing build-up of store animals and calves on many farms resulting in labour, feed and housing difficulties.'
  9. 'He also received second place for his heifer in calf and second for his calf bull.'
  10. 'On April 28 this year, the same cow delivered three Charolais bull calves, any one of which would be an acceptable size single.'
  11. '‘One of the whales, who was a calf at the time, is still alive and still roaming around with J pod,’ Margo said.'
  12. 'Numerous skeletons of young calves have also been unearthed, many of them nestled next to adult females, no doubt their mothers.'
  13. 'The lice move from mother to calf and among whales in close contact with each other.'
  14. 'They observed an orphaned elephant calf being rejected from its herd.'
  15. 'Standard size domestic donkeys are useful for halter-breaking young calves and foals.'
  16. 'The transients ambush them - they have a taste for the gray whale calves' high-energy blubber and protein-rich tongues.'
  17. 'Here, whales bear their calves in warm, sheltered water.'
  18. 'Whale calves also surface in the ring of open water, right next to their mothers.'
  19. 'Gray whale calves are born in the winter after a gestation period of about 13.5 months.'
  20. 'Discover how mother dolphins pass along the secrets of survival to their young, and watch calves as they test their skills at work and at play.'
  21. 'The calf and suede styles feature resin hardware.'
A floating piece of ice detached from an iceberg.


    The fleshy part at the back of a person's leg below the knee.
    1. 'Each time the calf and thigh muscles contract when walking, veins deep inside the leg are squeezed.'
    2. 'No one really knows what causes these sudden, painful muscle spasms in the calf, the thigh or the arch of the foot.'
    3. 'In the legs, the normal action of the calf muscles helps pump the blood back to the heart, usually without difficulty.'
    4. 'It cuts the leg below the calf, and all muscle bellies except those of gastrocnemius are present.'
    5. 'Then, begin stretching the plantar fascia and the Achilles tendon, which attaches the calf muscles to the heel bone.'
    6. 'Exercise in the heat can bring on heat cramps, which usually affect tired muscles in the calves, thighs and shoulders.'
    7. 'I do standing calf raises for gastrocnemius and seated calf raises for soleus muscles.'
    8. 'Well actually it's about just letting the calf muscles and the toes be as they are.'
    9. 'Using this technique, the surgeon makes an incision in the back of the knee and retracts the calf muscle.'
    10. 'In patients with venous insufficiency damage occurs to the veins or calf muscle pump, resulting in high venous pressures in the deep veins.'

    More definitions

    1. the young of the domestic cow or other bovine animal.

    2. the young of certain other mammals, as the elephant, seal, and whale.

    3. calfskin leather.

    4. Informal. an awkward, silly boy or man.

    5. a mass of ice detached from a glacier, iceberg, or floe. Idioms

    6. in calf, (of a cow or other animal having calves) pregnant.

    7. kill the fatted calf, to prepare an elaborate feast in welcome or celebration.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "managements can be calf."


    (calf)Middle English: from Old Norse kálfi, of unknown origin.


    in (or with) calf