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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).


becarve (third-person singular simple present becarves, present participle becarving, simple past becorve or becarved, past participle becorven or becarved)

  1. (transitive, obsolete) To cut off.
  2. (transitive, obsolete, land) To cut up; cut open; open up.
  3. (transitive) To cut; carve or cut up; cut in pieces; carve.