Caul

Definition of Caul

Pronunciation: kạl
n.1.A covering of network for the head, worn by women; also, a net.
2.(Anat.) The fold of membrane loaded with fat, which covers more or less of the intestines in mammals; the great omentum. See Omentum.
The caul serves for the warming of the lower belly.
- Ray.
3.A part of the amnion, one of the membranes enveloping the fetus, which sometimes is round the head of a child at its birth; - called also a veil.
It is deemed lucky to be with a caul or membrane over the face. This caul is esteemed an infallible preservative against drowning . . . According to Chrysostom, the midwives frequently sold it for magic uses.
- Grose.
I was born with a caul, which was advertised for sale, in the newspapers, at the low price of fifteen guineas.
- Dickens.

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gastrocolic omentum, greater omentum, omentum
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