Definition of caul in English:

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Pronunciation: /kôl/


1The amniotic membrane enclosing a fetus.
Example sentences
  • They made theirs of pig offal, enclosed in the cleaned caul of a pig (the caul is a membrane surrounding the intestines).
  • Around this, fold a layer of Bayonne ham, the two layers of caul and tie gently in 3 or four places.
  • Thus he ordered the ‘Triada special’, a huge kofte of chicken, veal and pork enclosed in some sort of natural caul and charcoal-grilled, which he pronounced heavenly.
1.1Part of the amniotic membrane occasionally found on a child’s head at birth, thought to bring good luck.
Example sentences
  • Dr. Potato emails from the Phillipines to share another superstition about the caul - that it's associated with a sixth sense.
  • The ‘second skin,’ characteristic of both those born in a caul and ‘skin shifters,’ is, therefore, like a serpent skin.
  • The range was wide, covering subjects such as baptismal customs, remembrance notices in the press, Essex girl jokes, modern witches, cauls and the puns in the names of hairdressing establishments.
2 historical A woman’s close-fitting indoor headdress or hairnet.
Example sentences
  • The sheath and cord, or ‘cauls and strings,’ as they were called, were sometimes accompanied by a purse, as is the case with the set in nearly perfect condition shown in Plate III.
  • He held his hands out in the near blackness of the chapel, brushing against her caul.
  • Halpern kept his arms crossed and eyes forward, while Ren was grinning and tucking a few stray hairs up under a mesh caul.
3 Anatomy The omentum.
Example sentences
  • Invert each of the eye loins, terrine side down, onto the caul fat.
  • Wrap the caul fat tightly around the pork chops, trimming off any excess.
  • Season with salt and pepper and tie string around each saddle to secure the caul fat.


Middle English: perhaps from Old French cale 'head covering', but recorded earlier.

Words that rhyme with caul

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Syllabification: caul

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