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caul (plural cauls)
- (historical) A style of close-fitting circular cap worn by women in the sixteenth century and later, often made of linen. [from 14th c.]
- (Britain, historical, often capitalized, used on maps) An entry to a mill lead taken from a burn or stream (a mill lead (or mill waterway) is generally smaller than a canal but moves a large volume of water). [chiefly 1800-1950]
- (anatomy, obsolete except in specific senses) A membrane. [14th–17th c.]
- The thin membrane which covers the lower intestines; the omentum. [from 14th c.]
- The amnion which encloses the foetus before birth, especially that part of it which sometimes shrouds a baby’s head at birth (traditionally considered to be good luck). [from 16th c.]
- 1971, Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic, Folio Society (2012), page 182:
- Even in the mid seventeenth century a country gentleman might regard his caul as a treasure to be preserved with great care, and bequeathed to his descendants.
- The surface of a press that makes contact with panel product, especially a removable plate or sheet.
- (woodworking) A strip or block of wood used to distribute or direct clamping force.
- (cooking) Caul fat.
a style of close-fitting circular cap
the thin membrane which covers the lower intestines
part of the amniotic sac which sometimes shrouds a baby’s head at birth
- Alternative form of
- Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 29