- plural of caput.
[key-puh t, kap-uh t]
- any head or headlike expansion on a structure, as on a bone.
Origin of caput
1640–50; < Latin: head
- by or for each individual person: income per capita.
- Law. noting or pertaining to a method of dividing an estate by which all those equally related to the decedent take equal shares individually without regard to the number of lines of descent.Compare per stirpes.
Origin of per capita
1675–85; < Latin: literally, by heads
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Examples from the Web for capita
I have in mind the experience of a capita on the "Comte de Flandre."
In the early hours of the afternoon they re-embarked, the capita of the village coming to the beach to see them off.The Keepers of the King's Peace
I fear I am somewhat of a heretic with regard to the evidential value of folk-tales regarded as capita mortua of anthropology.More Celtic Fairy Tales
When a man, whether he was capita or slave, by his bad example endangered the peace of his country, Sanders fell upon him.Sanders of the River
In the Congo every group of native workmen is in charge of a capita, who would be designated a foreman in this country.
- anatomy a technical name for the head
- the main or most prominent part of an organ or structure
C18: from Latin
- of or for each person
Latin, literally: according to heads
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Word Origin and History for capita
"head," in various senses, from Latin caput (see capitulum).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The head.
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