caddis
I. noun also caddice Etymology: Middle English cadas cotton wool, from Anglo-French cadaz, from Old Occitan cadarz Date: 1530 worsted yarn; specifically a worsted ribbon or binding formerly used for garters and girdles II. noun Date: 1651 caddisworm; also caddis fly

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  • Caddis — Cad dis, n. [OE. caddas, Scot. caddis lint, caddes a kind of woolen cloth, cf. Gael. cada, cadadh, a kind of cloth, cotton, fustian, W. cadas, F. cadis.] A kind of worsted lace or ribbon. Caddises, cambrics, lawns. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • caddis — (also caddis fly) ► NOUN ▪ a small moth like insect having aquatic larvae that build protective cases of sticks, stones, etc. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • caddis — caddis1 [kad′is] n. [ME & OFr cadas, floss silk; confused with Fr cadis, coarse serge, after CADIZ (? where made)] 1. a coarse woolen material; worsted yarn 2. a worsted ribbon caddis2 [kad′is] n. CADDIS WORM …   English World dictionary

  • caddis — larva of the May fly, 1650s, of unknown origin, perhaps a dim. of some sense of CAD (Cf. cad) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Caddis — Caddice Cad dice, Caddis Cad dis, n. [Prov. E. caddy, cadew; cf. G. k[ o]der bait.] (Zo[ o]l.) The larva of a caddice fly. These larv[ae] generally live in cylindrical cases, open at each end, and covered externally with pieces of broken shells,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • caddis — [ kadɪs] (also caddis fly) noun a small moth like insect of an order having aquatic larvae that build protective cases of sticks, stones, etc. [Order Trichoptera.] Origin C17: of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • caddis — n. [Gr. kadiskos, urn or box] (ARTHROPODA: Insecta) In Trichoptera, a case bearing larva …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • caddis — caddis1 caddised, adj. /kad is/, n. a kind of woolen braid, ribbon, or tape. Also, caddice. [1570 80; prob. < MF cadis kind of woolen cloth < OPr < Catalon cadirs, of obscure orig; ME cadace, cadas material for padding doublets ( < AF) is appar.… …   Universalium

  • caddis — noun a) The larva of a caddice fly that generally live in cylindrical cases, open at each end, and covered externally with debris. b) A rough woolen cloth; caddice …   Wiktionary

  • caddis — cad·dis (kadґis) see under fly …   Medical dictionary

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