Caul (?), n. [OE. calle, kelle, prob. fr. F. cale; cf. Ir. calla a veil.]
A covering of network for the head, worn by women; also, a net.
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 warming of the lower belly.
A part of the amnion, one of the membranes enveloping the fetus, which sometimes is round the head of a child at its birth.
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 Chysostom, the midwives frequently sold it for magic uses.
I was born with a caul, which was advertised for sale, in the newspapers, at the low price of fifteen guineas.
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