Definition of caudal
1 : of, relating to, or being a tail
2 : directed toward or situated in or near the tail or posterior part of the body
caudallyplay \-də-lē\ adverb
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Measurements are taken from the tip of the snout to middle of the fork in the caudal fin (tail).
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Origin and Etymology of caudal
New Latin caudalis, from Latin cauda tail
First Known Use: 1661See Words from the same year
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