caul

noun
\ˈkȯl \

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

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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 Remove the towel, and gently wrap the cabbage in a layer of caul fat. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "Stuffed Cabbage Recipe," 2 Sep. 2010 If a baby is born en-caul, the amniotic sac in which the child has developed over nine months remains intact, despite delivery. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "This Viral Video of an En-Caul Baby Being "Unwrapped" Is Beyond Mesmerizing," 19 May 2017

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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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caul

noun
\ˈkȯl \

Medical Definition of caul 

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

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