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Old French cadaz


caddis (countable and uncountable, plural caddises)

  1. The larva of a caddis fly. They generally live in cylindrical cases, open at each end, and covered externally with debris.
  2. A rough woolen cloth; caddice.
  3. A kind of worsted lace or ribbon.
    • c. 1610,, William Shakespeare, The Winter’s Tale, Act IV, Scene 4, First Folio, London, 1623, p. 293,[1]
      Hee hath Ribbons of all the colours i’ th Rainebow; Points, more then all the Lawyers in Bohemia, can learnedly handle, though they come to him by th’ grosse: Inckles, Caddysses, Cambrickes, Lawnes: