AskDefine | Define corf

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Via Middle Low German korf or Middle Dutch korf, from Latin corbis ‘basket’.


  • /kɔ:f/


  1. A large basket, especially as used for coal.
    • 1997, Why, I am simple as a pony, Sir…?– born in a Drift, a Corf for my cradle, and nought but the Back-shift for Schoolmasters there…? — Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon

Extensive Definition

A corf is a basket of net, chicken wire or similar materials, used to contain live fish or crustaceans (such as crayfish) underwater, at docks or in fishing boats. Corfs were used formerly to keep captured or grown fish live and fresh for consumption. Today, corfs used this purpose have commonly been replaced by refrigeration and freezing.
corf in Swedish: Sump
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