caput mortuum

noun (1)
caput mor·​tu·​um | \ -ˈmȯrchəwəm\
plural capita mortua\ -​wə \

Definition of caput mortuum

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 alchemy : the residuum after distillation or sublimation
2 : dross : worthless residue
3 or caput mortuum vitrioli \ -​ˌvi‧trēˈōˌlē , -​ī \ : a red iron-oxide pigment made by calcining iron sulfate

mortuum vadium

noun (2)
mor·​tu·​um va·​di·​um | \ ˈmȯrchəwəmˈvādēəm\

Definition of mortuum vadium (Entry 2 of 3)

: a mortgage agreement in early English law that gave possession of the mortgaged land and the use of its rents and profits to the mortgagee until such time as the mortgage was paid — compare vivum vadium

vadium mortuum

noun (3)

Definition of vadium mortuum (Entry 3 of 3)

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History and Etymology for caput mortuum

Noun (1)

New Latin, literally, dead head

Noun (2)

Medieval Latin, literally, dead pledge

Noun (3)

Medieval Latin, literally, dead pledge

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