1 [kawl]
a part of the amnion sometimes covering the head of a child at birth.
a net lining in the back of a woman's cap or hat.
a cap or hat of net formerly worn by women.

1300–50; Middle English calle < Middle French cale, probably back formation from calotte kind of cap; see calotte Unabridged


2 [kawl]
a form or plate for pressing a veneer or veneers being glued to a backing or to each other.

< French cale shim < German Keil wedge Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
caul (kɔːl)
1.  a portion of the amniotic sac sometimes covering a child's head at birth
2.  a large fold of peritoneum hanging from the stomach across the intestines; the large omentum
[C13: from Old French cale, back formation from calotte close-fitting cap, of Germanic origin]

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Word Origin & History

c.1327, "close-fitting cap worn by women," from Fr. cale "cap," back-formation from calotte, from It. callotta, from L. calautica "type of female headdress with pendent lappets," a foreign word of unknown origin. Medical use, in ref. to various membranes, dates to 1382. Esp. of the amnion enclosing the
fetus before birth from 1547. This, if the child is born draped in it, was supersititously supposed to protect against drowning (cauls were advertised for sale in British newspapers through WWI).
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Medical Dictionary

caul (kôl)

  1. A portion of the amnion, especially when it covers the head of a fetus at birth. Also called veil.

  2. See greater omentum.

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Bible Dictionary

Caul definition

(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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Example sentences for caul
The caul was often impressed onto paper and stored away as an heirloom for the child.
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