- a part of the amnion sometimes covering the head of a child at birth.
- greater omentum.
- 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 caul1
- a form or plate for pressing a veneer or veneers being glued to a backing or to each other.
Origin of caul2
Examples from the Web for caul
Historical Examples of caul
Lay a small piece of truffle on each cutlet and cover them with pigs' caul.The Skilful Cook
Oh, father, father, why did they take that caul from my face?
Now, what I want to know is, why didn't they leave that caul where they found it?
No, you could only believe in your caul and your own righteousness.Plays by August Strindberg, Third Series
One of the cauls is now laid flat, the veneers upon it and the other caul on top.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2
- 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
early 14c., "close-fitting cap worn by women," from French cale "cap," back-formation from calotte, from Italian callotta, from Latin calautica "type of female headdress with pendent lappets," a foreign word of unknown origin. Medical use, in reference to various membranes, dates to late 14c. Especially of the amnion enclosing the fetus before birth from 1540s. This, if the child is born draped in it, was supersititously supposed to protect against drowning (cauls were advertised for sale in British newspapers through World War I).
- A portion of the amnion, especially when it covers the head of a fetus at birth.veil
- greater omentum