Calf's-foot jelly
Calf Calf, n.; pl. {Calves}. [OE. calf, kelf, AS. cealf; akin to D. kalf, G. kalb, Icel. k[=a]lfr, Sw. kalf, Dan. kalv, Goth. kalb[=o]; cf. Skr. garbha fetus, young, Gr. ?????, Skr grabh to seize, conceive, Ir. colpa, colpach, a calf. [root]222.] 1. The young of the cow, or of the Bovine family of quadrupeds. Also, the young of some other mammals, as of the elephant, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, and whale. [1913 Webster]

2. Leather made of the skin of the calf; especially, a fine, light-colored leather used in bookbinding; as, to bind books in calf. [1913 Webster]

3. An awkward or silly boy or young man; any silly person; a dolt. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

Some silly, doting, brainless calf. --Drayton. [1913 Webster]

4. A small island near a larger; as, the Calf of Man. [1913 Webster]

5. A small mass of ice set free from the submerged part of a glacier or berg, and rising to the surface. --Kane. [1913 Webster]

6. [Cf. Icel. k[=a]lfi.] The fleshy hinder part of the leg below the knee. [1913 Webster]

{Calf's-foot jelly}, jelly made from the feet of calves. The gelatinous matter of the feet is extracted by boiling, and is flavored with sugar, essences, etc. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • calf's-foot jelly — [kafs′foot΄] n. an edible gelatin made by boiling calves feet …   English World dictionary

  • calf's-foot jelly — noun a savory jelly made with gelatin obtained by boiling calves feet • Hypernyms: ↑gelatin, ↑jelly * * * vzˌ , fˌs noun : jelly made from gelatin obtained by boiling calves feet * * * /kavz foot , kahvz , kafs , kahfs / jelly made from the stock …   Useful english dictionary

  • calf's-foot jelly — /kavz foot , kahvz , kafs , kahfs / jelly made from the stock of boiled calves feet. [1765 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • calf's-foot jelly — noun Date: 1775 jelly made from gelatin obtained by boiling calves feet …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • calf's foot jelly — jellied broth made from calves feet …   English contemporary dictionary

  • calf's-footjelly — calf s′ foot jel′ly n. coo jelly from the stock of boiled calves feet …   From formal English to slang

  • calves'-foot jelly — calf sˈ foot jelly or calves’ˈ foot jelly noun A savoury jelly made from the gelatine produced by boiling the foot of a calf • • • Main Entry: ↑calf …   Useful english dictionary

  • jelly — jel ly, n.; pl. {Jellies}. [ Formerly gelly, gely, F. gel[ e]e jelly, frost, fr. geler to freeze. L. gelare; akin to gelu frost. See {Gelid}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Anything brought to a gelatinous condition; a viscous, translucent substance in a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jelly bag — jelly jel ly, n.; pl. {Jellies}. [ Formerly gelly, gely, F. gel[ e]e jelly, frost, fr. geler to freeze. L. gelare; akin to gelu frost. See {Gelid}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Anything brought to a gelatinous condition; a viscous, translucent substance in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jelly mold — jelly jel ly, n.; pl. {Jellies}. [ Formerly gelly, gely, F. gel[ e]e jelly, frost, fr. geler to freeze. L. gelare; akin to gelu frost. See {Gelid}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Anything brought to a gelatinous condition; a viscous, translucent substance in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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