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calfnoun [C]

 us   /kæf/ (plural calves  /kævz/ )

calf noun [C] (ANIMAL)

a ​youngcow, or the ​young of ​various other ​largemammals, ​including elephants and whales

calf noun [C] (LEG)

the ​curvedpart of the back of the ​humanleg below the ​knee
(Definition of calf from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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calfnoun [C]

uk   /kɑːf/  us   /kæf/ (plural calves )

calf noun [C] (ANIMAL)

B1 a ​youngcow, or the ​young of ​various other ​largemammals such as elephants and whales
See also
in calf If a ​cow is in calf, it is ​pregnant.

calf noun [C] (LEG)

C2 the ​thickcurvedpart at the back of the ​humanleg between the ​knee and the ​foot: She's been ​unable to ​play since ​January because of a ​torn calf muscle.
(Definition of calf from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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