silly-how

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From silly, seely + early form of houve.

Noun[edit]

silly-how (plural silly-hows)

  1. (now rare, dialectal) The caul which sometimes envelopes the top of a child's head after birth.
    • 1646, Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, V.23:
      Great conceits are raised of the involution or meembranous covering, commonly called the silly-how, that sometimes is found about the heads of children upon their birth, and is therefore preserved with great care [...].

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