From Middle English bekerven, bikeorven, from Old English beceorfan (“to becarve, cut off, separate, cut or pare away, deprive a person of something by cutting, amputate, behead”), equivalent to be- + carve. Cognate with Old Frisian bikerva (“to amputate”).
- (transitive, obsolete) To cut off.
- (transitive, obsolete, land) To cut up; cut open; open up.
- (transitive) To cut; carve or cut up; cut in pieces; carve.