Definition of caul in English:


Syllabification: caul
Pronunciation: /kôl


  • 1The amniotic membrane enclosing a fetus.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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