- Anatomy, Zoology. of, at, or near the tail or the posterior end of the body.
- Zoology. taillike: caudal appendages.
- Medicine/Medical. a caudal anesthetic
Origin of caudal
1655–65; < New Latin caudālis, equivalent to Latin caud(a) tail + -ālis -al1
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Examples from the Web for caudal
The caudal limb of the postcentral is joined by a transparietal piece.Christian Science
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
So they got more tail and spliced it on to his caudal appendage.Lincoln's Yarns and Stories
Alexander K. McClure
He named it falcata, or "scythe-shaped," from the curving of the caudal fin.Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others
James Alexander Henshall
The caudal extremity of both is furnished with a rudimentary claw.Curiosities of Civilization
This brings you to where the dorsal and caudal fins are inserted.Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting
William T. Hornaday
- anatomy of or towards the posterior part of the body
- zoology relating to, resembling, or in the position of the tail
C17: from New Latin caudālis, from cauda
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Word Origin and History for caudal
1660s, from Latin cauda "tail of an animal," of unknown origin, + -al (1).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of, at, or near the tail or hind parts; posterior.
- Situated beneath or on the underside; inferior.
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- Relating to or near the tail or hind parts of an animal.
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