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Definitions of calf

  1. fine leather from the skin of a calf Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. young of domestic cattle Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. young of various large placental mammals e.g. whale or giraffe or elephant or buffalo Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the muscular back part of the shank Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Leather made of the skin of the calf; especially, a fine, light-colored leather used in bookbinding; as, to bind books in calf. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. An awkward or silly boy or young man; any silly person; a dolt. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A small island near a larger; as, the Calf of Man. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. A small mass of ice set free from the submerged part of a glacier or berg, and rising to the surface. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. The fleshy hinder part of the leg below the knee. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. The young of the cow; leather made from its skin; the young of certain animals, as the whale, elephant, etc.; the fleshy part of the lower leg. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. The muscular swelling of the back of the leg, formed chiefly by the bellies of the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  13. The bunch of muscles below the knee. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  14. The young of the cow and of some other animals: a stupid, cowardly person. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. The thick fleshy part of the leg behind: also calf-skin leather; as, a book bound in calf. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. The young of the cow; muscular part of the leg. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. The young of the cow, its skin, or leather made from it, called calfskin. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. The young of the cow and other animals; calf-skin leather; a stupid cowardly fellow. Calf-love, a silly boyish or girlish love. The calves of the lips, sacrifices of prayer, praise, and thanksgiving. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. The thick part of the leg below the knee. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. A small island near a larger; as, the of Man. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. The calf was held in high esteem by the Jews as food. ( 1 Samuel 28:24 ; Luke 15:23 ) The molten calf prepared by Aaron for the people to worship, ( Exodus 32:4 ) was probably a wooden figure laminated with gold, a process which is known to have existed in Egypt. [AARON] biblestudytools.com
  22. Calves were commonly made use of in sacrifices, and are therefore frequently mentioned in Scripture. The "fatted calf" was regarded as the choicest of animal food; it was frequently also offered as a special sacrifice ( 1 Samuel 28:24 ; Amos 6:4 ; Luke 15:23 ). The words used in Jeremiah 34:18 Jeremiah 34:19 , "cut the calf in twain," allude to the custom of dividing a sacrifice into two parts, between which the parties ratifying a covenant passed ( Genesis 15:9 Genesis 15:10 Genesis 15:17 Genesis 15:18 ). The sacrifice of the lips, i.e., priase, is called "the calves of our lips" ( Hosea 14:2 , RSV, "as bullocks the offering of our lips." Compare Hebrews 13:15 ; Psalms 116:7 ; Jeremiah 33:11 ). The golden calf which Aaron made ( Exodus 32:4 ) was probably a copy of the god Moloch rather than of the god Apis, the sacred ox or calf of Egypt. The Jews showed all through their history a tendency toward the Babylonian and Canaanitish idolatry rather than toward that of Egypt. Ages after this, Jeroboam, king of Israel, set up two idol calves, one at Dan, and the other at Bethel, that he might thus prevent the ten tribes from resorting to Jerusalem for worship ( 1 Kings 12:28 ). These calves continued to be a snare to the people till the time of their captivity. The calf at Dan was carried away in the reign of Pekah by Tiglath-pileser, and that at Bethel ten years later, in the reign of Hoshea, by Shalmaneser ( 2 Kings 15:29 ; 17:33 ). This sin of Jeroboam is almost always mentioned along with his name ( 2 Kings 15:28 etc.). biblestudytools.com
  23. käf, n. the young of the cow and of some other animals, as marine mammals: calf-skin leather, bookbinding in such: a stupid or a cowardly person:--pl. CALVES (kävz).--ns. CALF'-LOVE, an attachment between a boy and girl; CALF'S'-FOOT, CALVES'-FOOT, the foot of the calf, used in making a palatable jelly; CALF'-SKIN, the skin of the calf, making a good leather for bookbinding and shoes.--DIVINITY CALF, a dark-brown calf bookbinding, with blind stamping, and without gilding--common in the binding of theological books; GOLDEN CALF, the idol set up by Aaron during the absence of Moses on Sinai, or those erected by Jeroboam at Bethel and Dan: worship of Mammon or wealth; HALF-CALF, a bookbinding in which the back and corners are in calf-skin; MOTTLED CALF, a light coloured bookbinding, decorated by the sprinkling of acid in drops; SMOOTH CALF, a binding in plain or undecorated calf leather.--THE CALVES OF OUR LIPS (Hosea, xiv. 2), an offering of praise (the Septuagint reads, 'The fruit of our lips').--TREE CALF, a bright brown calf bookbinding, stained by acids with a pattern resembling the trunk and branches of a tree. [A.S. cealf; Ger. kalb.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  24. käf, n. the thick fleshy part of the leg behind.--adj. CALF'LESS, with a thin, poor calf. [Ice. kalfi; perh. the same word as the preceding.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  25. The fleshy part of the back of the leg; formed by the gastrocnemius and soleus. na
  26. Young of bovine animal, esp. domestic cow, for first year (cow in, with, c., pregnant; slip her c., suffer abortion); golden c., wealth as object of worship (Ex. xxxii); stupid fellow; Moon-c.; child (so c.-love, childish love affair); (also calfskin) =c.- leather, esp. in bookbinding (c.-bound) & shoemaking; young of elephant, whale, deer, &c.; sea-c., seal; (Naut.) floating piece of ice; c.-knee, knock-knee; calf\'s teeth, milk teeth; calves-foot jelly. Hence calfhood n., calfish (1) a. [German] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  27. (pl-ves). Fleshy hinder part of leg-shank; c. part of stocking. Hence calfless, -calved, aa. [old Norse] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  28. The back part of the leg below the knee. American pocket medical dictionary.
  29. PL calves. The muscular prominence at the back of the leg, formed for the most part by the bellies of the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  30. n. [Anglo-Saxon] The young of the cow;—an ignorant stupid person;—the thick fleshy part of the leg behind, below the knew. Cabinet Dictionary
  31. The young of a cow; the thick, plump, bulbous part of the leg. Complete Dictionary

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