caul

1
[ kawl ]
/ kɔl /

noun

a part of the amnion sometimes covering the head of a child at birth.
a net lining in the back of a woman's cap or hat.
a cap or hat of net formerly worn by women.

Origin of caul

1
1300–50; Middle English calle < Middle French cale, probably back formation from calotte “kind of cap”; see calotte

Can be confused

call caul cull

Definition for caul (2 of 2)

caul

2
[ kawl ]
/ kɔl /

noun

a form or plate for pressing a veneer or veneers being glued to a backing or to each other.

Origin of caul

2
< French cale shim < German Keil wedge
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British Dictionary definitions for caul

caul

/ (kɔːl) /

noun anatomy

a portion of the amniotic sac sometimes covering a child's head at birth
a large fold of peritoneum hanging from the stomach across the intestines; the large omentum

Word Origin for caul

C13: from Old French cale, back formation from calotte close-fitting cap, of Germanic origin
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Medicine definitions for caul

caul

[ kôl ]

n.

A portion of the amnion, especially when it covers the head of a fetus at birth.veil
greater omentum
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