calf

The word calf can mean either a baby cow or bull, or the area of the back of your leg between your ankle and knee.

Cattle are not the only animals whose babies are called calves. You can use the word to mean a baby whale, baby elephant, camel, bison, elk, giraffe, gnu, hippopotamus, moose, ox, reindeer, rhinoceros, and yak. If a large piece of ice breaks off of a glacier or iceberg, well that's a calf too! If you want to strengthen your calves, doing heel raises while holding a calf is an interesting way to go about it.

Definitions of calf
  1. noun
    young of domestic cattle
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    types:
    dogie, dogy, leppy
    motherless calf in a range herd of cattle
    maverick
    an unbranded range animal (especially a stray calf); belongs to the first person who puts a brand on it
    type of:
    young mammal
    any immature mammal
  2. noun
    young of various large placental mammals e.g. whale or giraffe or elephant or buffalo
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    type of:
    young mammal
    any immature mammal
  3. noun
    fine leather from the skin of a calf
    synonyms: calfskin
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    types:
    box calf
    black calfskin leather tanned with chromium salts
    type of:
    leather
    an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning
  4. noun
    the muscular back part of the shank
    synonyms: sura
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    mid-calf
    the middle of the calf; half way between the knee and ankle
    type of:
    skeletal muscle, striated muscle
    a muscle that is connected at either or both ends to a bone and so move parts of the skeleton; a muscle that is characterized by transverse stripes
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