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caul (fetal membrane)

Definition:

the inner membrane of embryos in higher vertebrates (especially when covering the head at birth)

Class:

body noun (body parts)

Plural:

cauls

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

"close-fitting cap worn by women", from French cale "cap", back formation from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

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Definition references

Random House Dictionary:

extraembryonic membrane [embryology] | embryonic membrane [synonym]

any of the tissues, derived from the fertilized egg, that enclose or otherwise contribute to the support of the developing embryo, as the yolk sac, ... (25 of 36 words)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/extraembryonic-membrane

Merriam-Webster:

embryonic membrane

a structure (as the amnion) that derives from the fertilized ovum but does not form a part of the embryo (20 of 34 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/embryonic membrane

American Heritage Dictionary:

embryonic membrane

Any of the membranous structures closely associated with or surrounding a developing vertebrate embryo, including the amnion, chorion, allantois, and ... (20 of 25 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/embryonic-membrane

New World Dictionary:

embryonic membrane

any of several living membranes enclosing or closely associated with the developing vertebrate embryo, as the allantois, amnion, yolk sac, etc. (21 of 23 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/embryonic-membrane

Wikipedia:

Caul

a piece of membrane that can cover a newborn's head and face. A child "born with the caul" has a portion of a birth membrane remaining on the head. There are two types of caul membranes, and there are four ways such cauls can appear. The most common... (48 of 1908 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Caul

Caul (disambiguation)

may refer to: Caul, a thin, filmy membrane that covers or partly covers a newborn mammal immediately after birth | Caul (headgear), a historical headdress worn by women that covers tied-up hair | Caul fat, the membrane around food animals' internal... (39 of 105 words, 4 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Caul (disambiguation)

Collins Dictionary:

caul

a portion of the amniotic sac sometimes covering a child's head at birth | a large fold of peritoneum hanging from the stomach across the intestines; ... (25 of 378 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/caul

Wiktionary:

caul | cauls [plural] | call [16th-17th c., sense-specific]

[historical] A style of close-fitting circular cap worn by women in the 16th century and later, often made of linen. | [anatomy, obsolete except in specific senses] A membrane. | The thin membrane which covers the lower intestines; the omentum. | The ... (39 of 119 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/caul

Oxford Dictionary:

caul

the amniotic membrane enclosing a fetus. | part of the caul occasionally found on a child's head at birth, thought to bring good luck. | [historical] ... (24 of 66 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/caul

Columbia Encyclopedia:

veil

a feature of female costume from antiquity, especially in the East, where it was worn primarily to conceal the features. In modern times it's worn to ... (26 of 266 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0850590​.html

Macmillan British Dictionary:

veil [countable] | veils [plural] | the veil | draw a veil over something

a thin piece of cloth worn over a woman's head and often partly over her ... | a layer of something such as rain that prevents you from seeing very ... (29 of 125 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/veil

veil [transitive, verb] | veiled [past tense] | veiling [present participle] | veils [3rd-person singular present] | veiled in secrecy/mystery

to cover something with a veil | to hide something behind something else | "veiled in secrecy/mystery": not known about by many people (21 of 55 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/veil 9

Cambridge Dictionary:

veil [entry 1] | take the veil | take/adopt the veil | adopt the veil

a piece of thin material worn by women to cover the face or head | "take the veil": A Christian woman who takes the veil becomes a nun. | "take/adopt ... (28 of 73 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/veil 1

veil [entry 2] | draw a veil over something

[singular] [literary] a thin covering of something, which you can see through, but not very clearly | [singular] [literary] something that prevents ... (21 of 101 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/veil 2

veil [entry 3]

to cover something, especially the face or body, with a veil (11 of 35 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/veil 3

veil [entry 4]

to hide or cover something so that you cannot see it clearly (12 of 24 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/veil 4

Britannica Encyclopedia:

placenta [human and animal]

in zoology, the vascular organ in most mammals that unites the fetus to the uterus of the mother. It mediates the metabolic exchanges of the ... (25 of 362 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/462525​/placenta

placenta | plant [abbreviation] | Placentas, or Placentae [plural]

in botany, the surface of the carpel to which the ovules are attached. The placenta is usually located in a region corresponding somewhat to the ... (25 of 155 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/462554​/placenta

Encarta Dictionary:

embryonic membrane | embryonic membranes [plural]

a membranous structure, e.g. the amnion, chorion, or yolk sac, that comes from a fertilized ovum but does not become part of the embryo (24 of 37 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861689741​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

caul

First use: early 14th century

Origin: "close-fitting cap worn by women", from French cale "cap", back formation from calotte, from Italian callotta, from Latin ... (21 of 84 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=caul

New World Dictionary:

caul

Origin: Middle English calle from Old English cawl, basket, container, net from Medieval Latin cavellum from Latin cavea, "cage"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/caul

Collins Dictionary:

caul

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Old French cale, back formation from calotte close-fitting cap, of Germanic origin

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/caul

Merriam-Webster:

caul

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English calle net, omentum, probably from Old English cawl basket

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/caul

Oxford Dictionary:

caul

Origin: Middle English: perhaps from Old French cale "head covering", but recorded earlier

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/caul

American Heritage Dictionary:

caul

Origin: Middle English calle, from Old English cawl, basket.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/caul

Wiktionary:

caul | cauls [plural]

Origin: Middle French cale.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/caul

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

caul

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "caul"

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the Free Dictionary:

caul

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "caul"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "caul"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "caul" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

caul | cauls [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "caul"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

caul

Audio: North American pronunciation of "caul"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=caul​0001 word=caul

YourDictionary Audio:

caul

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "caul" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/caul

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