- a kind of woolen braid, ribbon, or tape.
Origin of caddis1
1570–80; probably < Middle French cadis kind of woolen cloth < Old Provençal < Catalan cadirs, of obscure origin; Middle English cadace, cadas material for padding doublets (< Anglo-French) is apparently a distinct word
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Examples from the Web for caddice
The caddice larvæ are carnivorous; that is, they eat animal food.
The caddice larva makes its house of silk and sand and also lines it with a beautiful covering of fine silk.
You see it did not hurt the caddice larva to take away its house; it immediately went to work to build another.
You will be apt to find the caddice larvæ in any brook and in some ponds, and I hope you will always look for them.
Those lines that look as though some one had been ornamenting the bottom of the brook are made by our caddice larvæ.
- a type of coarse woollen yarn, braid, or fabric
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Word Origin and History for caddice
"larva of the May-fly," 1650s, of unknown origin, perhaps a diminutive of some sense of cad.
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