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cauda

[kou-duh, kaw-]
noun, plural cau·dae [kou-dee, kaw-] /ˈkaʊ di, ˈkɔ-/. Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. a tail or taillike appendage.
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Origin of cauda

1690–1700; < Latin: tail
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Examples from the Web for cauda

Historical Examples

  • We can remember well enough when we donned the ‘cauda virilis,’ but not when we left off petticoats.

    Tracks of a Rolling Stone

    Henry J. Coke

  • Only in the last-mentioned poem does the cauda consist of six two-beat sectional verses.

  • Here the frons is connected with the cauda, which recurs in each stanza as a kind of refrain, by means of concatenatio.

  • They are, however, found already in Provenal poetry, and consist of the forehead (frons) and the tail or veer (cauda).

  • As to the rhythmical structure of the half-verses used in the cauda of the stanza cf. the explanations given in 64.


British Dictionary definitions for cauda

cauda

noun
  1. zoology the area behind the anus of an animal; tail
  2. anatomy
    1. any tail-like structure
    2. the posterior part of an organ
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Word Origin

Latin: tail
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cauda in Medicine

cauda

(kôdə)
n. pl. cau•dae (-dē′)
  1. A tail or taillike structure, or a tapering or elongated extremity of an organ or other part.
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