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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Calf  \Calf\,  n.;  pl  {Calves}.  [OE.  calf,  kelf,  AS  cealf;  akin 
  to  D.  kalf,  G.  kalb,  Icel.  k[=a]lfr,  Sw  kalf,  Dan.  kalv, 
  Goth.  kalb[=o];  cf  Skr.  garbha  fetus,  young,  Gr  ?????,  Skr 
  grabh  to  seize,  conceive,  Ir  colpa,  colpach  a  calf. 
  [root]222.] 
  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.  [Colloq.] 
 
  Some  silly,  doting,  brainless  calf.  --Drayton. 
 
  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.  --Kane. 
 
  6.  [Cf.  Icel.  k[=a]lfi.]  The  fleshy  hinder  part  of  the  leg 
  below  the  knee. 
 
  {Calf's-foot  jelly},  jelly  made  from  the  feet  of  calves.  The 
  gelatinous  matter  of  the  feet  is  extracted  by  boiling,  and 
  is  flavored  with  sugar,  essences,  etc 




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