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Etymology 1[edit]

calve +‎ -er



calver (plural calvers)

  1. A cow that produces young.
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Etymology 2[edit]


calver (third-person singular simple present calvers, present participle calvering, simple past and past participle calvered)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To cut into slices and pickle.
    • c.1610, Ben Jonson, The Alchemist
      My foot-boy shall eat pheasants, calvered salmons, / Knots, godwits, lampreys: I myself will have / The beards of barbels, served instead of salads []
    • 1633, Massinger, Philip, “The Guardian”, in Gifford, William, editor, The Plays of Philip Massinger[1], Act 4, Scene 2, published 1845, page 429:
      Great lords sometimes / For change leave calver'd salmon and eat sprats.
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To bear, or be susceptible of, being calvered.
    grayling's flesh will calver
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Catton to this entry?)
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To crimp.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Nares to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for calver in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


Middle English[edit]



  1. plural of calf (calf (young cow))