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calve

Verb

1 release ice; "The icebergs and glaciers calve" [syn: break up]
2 birth; "the whales calve at this time of year" [syn: have young]

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English

Etymology

Verb form related to calf

Pronunciation

Verb

calve; intransitive
  1. To give birth.
  2. Especially of an iceberg, glacier, etc. to break off or shed a large piece.
    "The sea was dangerous because of icebergs calving off the nearby glacier."

Related terms

Italian

Adjective

calve
  1. Feminine plural form of calvo

Noun

calve
  1. Plural of calva
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