- of or relating to a stem, especially pertaining to or arising from the upper part of a stem.
Origin of cauline
1750–60; < Latin caul(is) a stalk, stem + -ine1
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Examples from the Web for cauline
After a time the Soldain asked the lady in marriage, but sir Cauline challenged his rival and slew him.
When the king knew of their loves he banished sir Cauline from the kingdom.
When it was discovered that the knight was sir Cauline, the lady "fette a sighe, that burst her gentle hearte in twayne."
The cauline leaves are stalked and diverge widely, which habit gives its name to the plant.
Plants of J. inflata, natural size and enlarged; cauline leaves; involucral leaf.
- relating to or growing from a plant stem
C18: from New Latin caulīnus, from Latin caulis stem
Word Origin and History for cauline
"pertaining to or growing on a stem," 1756, from Latin caulis "stalk" (see cole).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper