\ 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 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 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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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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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