Caul
Caul Caul (k[add]l), n. [OE. calle, kelle, prob. fr. F. cale; cf. Ir. calla a veil.] 1. A covering of network for the head, worn by women; also, a net. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. (Anat.) The fold of membrane loaded with fat, which covers more or less of the intestines in mammals; the great omentum. See {Omentum}. [1913 Webster]

The caul serves for the warming of the lower belly. --Ray. [1913 Webster]

3. A part of the amnion, one of the membranes enveloping the fetus, which sometimes is round the head of a child at its birth; -- called also a {veil}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

It is deemed lucky to be with a caul or membrane over the face. This caul is esteemed an infallible preservative against drowning . . . According to Chrysostom, the midwives frequently sold it for magic uses. --Grose. [1913 Webster]

I was born with a caul, which was advertised for sale, in the newspapers, at the low price of fifteen guineas. --Dickens. [1913 Webster]


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  • caul — ► NOUN ▪ the amniotic membrane enclosing a fetus, part of which is occasionally found on a baby s head at birth. ORIGIN perhaps from Old French cale head covering …   English terms dictionary

  • caul — [kôl] n. [ME calle < OE cawl, basket, container, net < ML cavellum < L cavea, CAGE] 1. the membrane enclosing a fetus; esp., a part of this membrane sometimes enveloping the head of a child at birth: believed by some to bring good luck 2 …   English World dictionary

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