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caul

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[ kawl ]
/ kɔl /
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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.
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Origin of caul

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH caul

call, caul , cull

Other definitions for caul (2 of 2)

caul2
[ 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

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<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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Medical 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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