American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A portion of the amnion, especially when it covers the head of a fetus at birth. Also called pileus.
- n. See greater omentum.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the middle ages, and down to the seventeenth century
- n. A net for confining the hair, worn by women.
- n. More rarely, a head-dress like a flat turban.
- n. Any kind of small net; a net.
- n. A popular name for a membrane investing the viscera, such as the peritoneum or part of it, or the pericardium. In anatomy, the great or gastrocolie omentum; the large loose fold of peritoneum which hangs like an apron in the abdominal cavity in front of the intestines, depending from the stomach and transverse colon.
- n. A portion of the amnion or membrane enveloping the fetus, which sometimes encompasses the head of a child when born. This caul was (and still is by some) supposed to betoken great prosperity for the person born with it, and to be an infallible preservative against drowning, as well as to impart the gift of eloquence. During the eighteenth century seamen often gave from 850 to 8150 for a caul.
- n. A form used in gluing veneers to curved surfaces. It is shaped to the exact curve or form of piece to be veneered, and is clamped against the veneer until the glue has set.
- n. A stalk; stem.
- n. A cabbage.
- n. The surface of a press that makes contact with panel product, especially a removable plate or sheet.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A covering of network for the head, worn by women; also, a net.
- n. (Anat.) The fold of membrane loaded with fat, which covers more or less of the intestines in mammals; the great omentum. See Omentum.
- n. A part of the amnion, one of the membranes enveloping the fetus, which sometimes is round the head of a child at its birth; -- called also a
- n. the inner membrane of embryos in higher vertebrates (especially when covering the head at birth)
- n. part of the peritoneum attached to the stomach and to the colon and covering the intestines
- From Middle French cale. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English calle, from Old English cawl, basket. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The bull whip which was used cut clear through into what we called caul, or the fat of his neck, and he died in the string, hanging by his hands.”
“* The caul is a, thin membrane, about the consistence of very fine silk, which sometimes covers the head on a new-born infant like a cap.”
“You must know, Madam, that some people are born with a membrane over the face, which is termed a caul, and there has been a vulgar error that such people can never be drowned, especially if they wear this caul about their person in after-life.”
“(_b_) Outside fat, next the skin, called caul fat.”
“Every means was used for the recovery o 'the boy, but it was a' useless, he was quite deed an 'caul'.”
“Some will, or used to, rob themselves of the necessities of life to purchase a baby's "caul," and wear it around their neck as a charm.”
“Eh, Cosmo, laddie, ye'll get yer deid o 'caul'!" she cried.”
“Secondly, that final track 'Marais Le Nit' or 'The Night Marsh' (30 minutes or so of a muted chorus of frog calls and thrumming crickets) which seems to have caused to much consternation across the web - to me it acts as a kind of caul that hangs lightly across the rest of the album, an index of the elemental nature of the themes contained within it.”
“At the restaurant, sausages—be they crepinettes (a thin, flat French sausage wrapped in caul fat) or boudin blanc (a delicate pork, veal and cream sausage)—are made weekly.”
“It was rather a relief to him, when having put it and the flying-fish together in a brown paper parcel, and sat upon them for security all the way in the railroad, he found that Job was so indifferent to the precious caul, that he might easily claim it again.”
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