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

Examples of caul in a Sentence

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of caul was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Caul.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


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

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