before 1000; Middle English calven, Old English (Anglian) *calfian, derivative of calf calf1; cognate with Old English (West Saxon) cealfian (Source: dictionary.com)
Old English calfian, from cælf ‘calf’. (Source: lexico.com)
Definitions of Calving
verb (used without object)
- to give birth to a calf:
- (of a glacier, an iceberg, etc.) to break up or splinter so as to produce a detached piece.
verb (used with object)
- to give birth to (a calf).
- (of a glacier, an iceberg, etc.) to break off or detach (a piece):
- to give birth to (a calf)
- (of a glacier or iceberg) to release (masses of ice) in breaking up
- (of cows and certain other large animals) give birth to a calf.
- (of an iceberg or glacier) split and shed (a smaller mass of ice)
- : to give birth to a calf
- : to separate or break so that a part becomes detached
- : to produce by birth
- : to let become detached
Example sentences for Calving
- Calving and probably breeding occur on the wintering grounds.
- This failing, a truss may be applied as for eversion of the womb, and worn until the period of calving approaches.
- Hither, at calving time, she would come by cunningly twisted trails.
- The first milk drawn from a cow after calving, has been found to yield over 15 per cent.
- Cows treated in this manner have given two gallons of milk at a time, when within ten days of calving.
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