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or caddice

[kad-is] /ˈkæd ɪs/
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
Related forms
caddised, adjective


[kad-is] /ˈkæd ɪs/
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  • The Bushmen worshiped a caddis worm and an antelope (a species of deer).

    Negro Folk Rhymes Thomas W. Talley
  • It put us in mind of the caddis worms which we had seen in ponds in England.

    On the Banks of the Amazon W.H.G. Kingston
  • For the bundle of sticks is really a log house that the caddis has built for itself.

    Pond and Stream Arthur Ransome
  • It is a sort of cell, probably built by a species of caddis.

    Field and Hedgerow Richard Jefferies
  • But only too often the caddis worm dashes ahead, regardless of proportion.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • The caddis worm does not forget its talents; but it lacks choice pieces.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • After a couple of minutes in the free air, I replace the caddis worm in the water.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • The result is the same with the caddis worms in shell casings.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • To lighten the weight, the caddis worm must first rise to the surface.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • What first struck Margaret in Thrums was the smell of the caddis.

    The Little Minister J. M. Barrie
British Dictionary definitions for caddis


a type of coarse woollen yarn, braid, or fabric
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for caddis

"larva of the May-fly," 1650s, of unknown origin, perhaps a diminutive of some sense of cad.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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