- the membrane enclosing a fetus; esp., a part of this membrane sometimes enveloping the head of a child at birth: believed by some to bring good luck
- the part of the peritoneum that extends from the stomach to the large intestine; great omentum
Origin of caulMiddle English calle ; from Old English cawl, basket, container, net ; from Medieval Latin cavellum ; from Classical Latin cavea, cage
- A portion of the amnion, especially when it covers the head of a fetus at birth. Also called pileus.
- See greater omentum.
Origin of caulMiddle English calle, from Old English cawl, basket.
- (historical) A style of close-fitting circular cap worn by women in the sixteenth century and later, often made of linen. [from 14th 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.]
- 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.
From Middle French cale.