\ ˈkȯl How to pronounce caul (audio) \

Definition of caul

1 : the large fatty omentum covering the intestines (as of a cow, sheep, or pig)
2 : the inner fetal membrane of higher vertebrates especially when covering the head at birth

Examples of caul in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Laila, a local woman who’s suffered several miscarriages, goes to the Melancons to buy a piece of caul in an effort to protect her latest pregnancy. Time, "Morgan Jerkins Memorializes a Swiftly-Changing Harlem in Her New Novel Caul Baby," 2 Apr. 2021 Coincidentally, the woman’s teenage niece, Amara, soon gives birth to a baby girl, Hallow, who has a perfect caul, and is adopted by the Melancons. Lesley Kennedy, CNN Underscored, "21 of the most anticipated new books to read this April," 1 Apr. 2021 True to their spectral name, the bats are an ashy white and have transparent wings laced with red veins so that, while roosting, each encloses itself in a caul of its own ticking blood work. Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic, "Why We’re Afraid of Bats," 5 Oct. 2020 On the other hand, though: The big national news media, a purveyor of blather and bile in the best of times, have spent the last month wearing a caul of rotten blubber. James Lileks, National Review, "The Blather and the Bile," 16 Apr. 2020 Chicken en chemise consists of a skin-on breast stuffed with chicken sausage (the chemise, or shirt, refers to the caul-fat layer that binds the sausage), served over a tasty melange of faro grain, golden raisins and pine nuts., "Review: Vie delivers unfettered fine-dining enchantment," 12 Nov. 2019 Show us belief’s wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fear’s caul. Thomas Curwenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Toni Morrison dead at 88: ‘Beloved’ author captured tragic and joyful complexion of life and race," 6 Aug. 2019 Show us belief’s wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fear’s caul. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "In Toni Morrison’s own words: Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Kamala Harris among many paying tribute with favorite quotes," 6 Aug. 2019 Second round: entree Ingredients: Watermelon curry, acorn squash, kalekale and caul fat. Debora Britz, azcentral, "Joy Bus Diner chef wins 10K on 'Chopped,' brings attention to Phoenix cause," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of caul

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for caul

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

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6 Apr 2021

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“Caul.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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Medical Definition of caul

2 : the inner embryonic membrane of higher vertebrates especially when covering the head at birth

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