Latin, the head.
- (anatomy) The head.
- (anatomy) A knob-like protuberance or capitulum.
- The top or superior part of a thing.
- (Britain) The council or ruling body of the University of Cambridge prior to the constitution of 1856.
- Your caputs and heads of colleges.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
caput m (uncountable)
- (New Latin, anatomy) headlike protuberance on an organ or body part, usually bone, for instance caput ulnae
- (New Latin, medicine) a disease; a severe swelling of the soft tissues of a newborn's scalp that develops as the baby travels through the birth canal
- (figuratively) the vital part
- (of a river) origin, source, head
- (figuratively) life
- capital city
- (poetic) leader, chief
- (in writings) division, section, paragraph, chapter
Caput can be used with either a genitive or a dative in the sense of a capital city.
Third declension neuter.
- (in writings: division, section, paragraph, chapter): capitulum