[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
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Examples from the Web for caput
The Nevada Democrat was over; his career dead; his reign atop the Senate caput.The Daily Beast 2010 Political Awards
Samuel P. Jacobs
December 21, 2010
Angusticeps is from two Latin words: angustus, narrow; caput, head.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
Then we are told how lands geld at or in some manor or at the caput manerii.Domesday Book and Beyond
Frederic William Maitland
The scite of the caput of this barony is in the environs of Pont l'Evesque.The Chronicle of the Norman Conquest
Caput Magnus was going to try Higgleby, that was all there was to it!
Caput Magnus suddenly experienced the throes of dissolution.
- anatomy a technical name for the head
- the main or most prominent part of an organ or structure
C18: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for caput
"head," in various senses, from Latin caput (see capitulum).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The head.
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