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Definition of Calf


  1. The young of the cow, or of the Bovine family of quadrupeds. Also, the young of some other mammals, as of the elephant, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, and whale.
  2. Leather made of the skin of the calf; especially, a fine, light-colored leather used in bookbinding; as, to bind books in calf.
  3. An awkward or silly boy or young man; any silly person; a dolt.
  4. A small island near a larger; as, the Calf of Man.
  5. A small mass of ice set free from the submerged part of a glacier or berg, and rising to the surface.
  6. The fleshy hinder part of the leg below the knee.

Calf Quotations

The lion and the calf shall lie down together but the calf won't get much sleep.
Woody Allen

The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly human goal.
Pope Francis

So Pa sold the little house. He sold the cow and calf. He made hickory bows and fastened them upright to the wagon box. Ma helped him stretch white canvas over them.
Laura Ingalls Wilder

In drawing after drawing, pastel after pastel, painting after painting, the contours of Degas's dancing figures become, at a certain point, darkly insistent, tangled and dusky. It may be around an elbow, a heel, an armpit, a calf muscle, the nape of a neck.
John Berger

America's critics can be heard everywhere. It is too much in love with money - worshipping the god of the marketplace, the golden calf. It has too much money, seven of the top 10 banks, eight of the top 10 companies etc. It is too stingy, giving away less of its wealth than other countries. It is vulgar, a rich barbarian.
Maurice Saatchi
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Calf Translations

calf in Dutch is kalf
calf in French is mollet
calf in German is Kalb, Kalb, Wade
calf in Italian is vitello
calf in Norwegian is legg, kalv
calf in Portuguese is vitela, vitelo, barriga
calf in Spanish is ternera, ternero, pantorrilla
calf in Swedish is kalv
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