To calve: one verb, two meanings

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1. [NO OBJECT] (Of cows and certain other large animals) give birth to a calf.


2. [WITH OBJECT] (Of an iceberg or glacier) split and shed (a smaller mass of ice).
2.1 [NO OBJECT] (Of a mass of ice) split off from an iceberg or glacier.

calve (v.)
Old English cealfian, from cealf “calf”. Of icebergs, 1837. (Etymonline)

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