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calf2

calf2

 
pronunciation:
kaef
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part of speech: noun
inflections: calves
definition: the muscular back part of a human's leg below the knee.
 
Word History
Calf1 is from an early Scandinavian word for a young cow. It came to be used for the lower leg of a person because the swelling of the calf (of the leg) looks like the calf before it has left the cow.