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caul


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Caul  \Caul\  (k[add]l),  n.  [OE.  calle,  kelle,  prob.  fr  F.  cale; 
  cf  Ir  calla  a  veil.] 
  1.  A  covering  of  network  for  the  head,  worn  by  women;  also  a 
  net.  --Spenser. 
 
  2.  (Anat.)  The  fold  of  membrane  loaded  with  fat,  which  covers 
  more  or  less  of  the  intestines  in  mammals;  the  great 
  omentum.  See  {Omentum}. 
 
  The  caul  serves  for  the  warming  of  the  lower  belly. 
  --Ray. 
 
  3.  A  part  of  the  amnion,  one  of  the  membranes  enveloping  the 
  fetus,  which  sometimes  is  round  the  head  of  a  child  at  its 
  birth. 
 
  It  is  deemed  lucky  to  be  with  a  caul  or  membrane 
  over  the  face.  This  caul  is  esteemed  an  infallible 
  preservative  against  drowning  .  .  .  According  to 
  Chysostom  the  midwives  frequently  sold  it  for  magic 
  uses.  --Grose. 
 
  I  was  born  with  a  caul,  which  was  advertised  for 
  sale,  in  the  newspapers,  at  the  low  price  of  fifteen 
  guineas.  --Dickens. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  caul 
  n  1:  the  inner  embryonic  membrane  of  higher  vertebrates 
  (especially  when  covering  the  head  at  birth)  [syn:  {veil}, 
  {fetal  membrane},  {embryonic  membrane}] 
  2:  part  of  the  peritoneum  attached  to  the  stomach  and  to  the 
  colon  and  covering  the  intestines  [syn:  {greater  omentum}, 
  {gastrocolic  omentum}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Caul 
  (Heb.  yothe'reth;  i.e.,  "something  redundant"),  the  membrane 
  which  covers  the  upper  part  of  the  liver  (Ex.  29:13,  22;  Lev. 
  3:4,  10,  15;  4:9;  7:4;  marg.,  "midriff").  In  Hos.  13:8  (Heb. 
  seghor;  i.e.,  "an  enclosure")  the  pericardium,  or  parts  about 
  the  heart,  is  meant 
 




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