- caul ► NOUN ▪ the amniotic membrane enclosing a fetus, part of which is occasionally found on a baby's head at birth.ORIGIN perhaps from Old French cale 'head covering' .
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Caul — (k[add]l), n. [OE. calle, kelle, prob. fr. F. cale; cf. Ir. calla a veil.] 1. A covering of network for the head, worn by women; also, a net. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. (Anat.) The fold of membrane loaded with fat, which covers more or less of… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
caul — caul·dron; caul; nu·di·caul; rhi·zo·caul; fou·caul·di·an; … English syllables
Caul — (or Caul Work) A sort of net used in the 15th and 16th centuries, as part of the head dress of ladies of distinction, composed of silk or gold threads (see Crespine) … Dictionary of the English textile terms
caul- — cauli , caule ❖ ♦ Éléments, du lat. caulis « tige ». ⇒ Acaule, caulescent, 1. caulicole, caulinaire … Encyclopédie Universelle
caul — v. cauli . Trimis de LauraGellner, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DN … Dicționar Român
caul — early 14c., close fitting cap worn by women, from Fr. cale cap, back formation from calotte, from It. callotta, from L. calautica type of female headdress with pendent lappets, a foreign word of unknown origin. Medical use, in reference to… … Etymology dictionary
caul — [kôl] n. [ME calle < OE cawl, basket, container, net < ML cavellum < L cavea, CAGE] 1. the membrane enclosing a fetus; esp., a part of this membrane sometimes enveloping the head of a child at birth: believed by some to bring good luck 2 … English World dictionary
Caul — A caul (Latin: Caput galeatum , literally, head helmet ) is a thin, filmy membrane, the amniotic sac, that covers or partly covers the newborn mammal immediately after birth. It is also the membrane enclosing the paunch of mammals, particularly… … Wikipedia
Caul — Or cowl, a membrane, in obstetrics and cooking. In obstetrics, the caul is the amnion, one of the two fetal membranes, the other being the chorion. To be born in a caul meant to be born with the head covered by the amnion (or be born within an… … Medical dictionary
caul- — combining form or cauli or caulo Etymology: cauli from Latin caulis; caul , caulo from New Latin, from Gk. kaul , kaulo , from kaulos more at hole … Useful english dictionary