Definitions

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  • n. The calvaria; the dome or roof of the skull.
  • n. Calvados, an apple brandy made in France, or a glass of this brandy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In entomology: The upper part of the epicranium of an insect, including the front and vertex.
  • With some writers, the whole head-case or cranium.

Etymologies

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From the Latin calva ("the scalp").

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Probably a shortened form of calvados.

Examples

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  • "2. With some writers, the whole head-case or cranium." --CD&C

    October 14, 2011

  • Calva also denotes the calvarium, the upper part of the human cranium. L. calva = 1. bald head; 2. scalp; 3. skull.

    August 11, 2011

  • In Italian it means 'bald' (feminine singular).

    January 10, 2010

  • A scalp with no hair. (via NPR's Says You)

    January 10, 2010