(historical) A style of close-fitting circular cap worn by women in the sixteenth century and later, often made of linen.
* 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , I.vii:
The thin membrane which covers the lower intestines; the omentum.
The amnion which encloses the foetus before birth, especially that part of it which sometimes shrouds a baby’s head at birth (traditionally considered to be good luck).
* 1971 , , Religion and the Decline of Magic , Folio Society (2012), page 182:
- Ne spared they to strip her naked all. / Then when they had despoild her tire and call , / Such as she was, their eyes might her behold
The surface of a press that makes contact with panel product, especially a removable plate or sheet.
(woodworking) A strip or block of wood used to distribute or direct clamping force.
(culinary) (Caul fat).
- Even in the mid seventeenth century a country gentleman might regard his caul as a treasure to be preserved with great care, and bequeathed to his descendants.
Originally a misspelling of , of which (term
) remains a homophone.
A chest with holes for keeping fish alive in water.
* 1926 : Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses, Reports , volume 2,
unknown page (Executive Committee)
- The live fish is now kept in the cauves until sold for consumption in the home-country or abroad.
* Glossographia; or, A Dictionary Interpreting the Hard Words of Whatsoever Language, Now Used in Our Refined English Tongue'', by (1662?; in 1670 Ed.)
''Cauf , a little trunk or chest with holes in it, wherein Fishermen keep Fish alive in the water, ready for use.
†cauf]” listed in the [2nd Ed.; 1989
* 1845 : Charles Rogers, Tom Treddlehoyle’s Thowts, Joakes, an Smiles for Midsummer Day ,
- An estimate at traffick hez been made be sum foaks, at wor set ta tack noatis, an it appear’d, bit average a wun month, thear wor enter’d Pogmoor an Hickam, fifteen wheelbarras, nine turnap rowlers, eighteen cauves , six sither grinders, wun wattar barril, nine haulin-horses, two pol’d cahs, three pair a cuts, wun hearse, sixteen dogs, three sheep, fourteen coil-carts, thurty mules, twenty-five geese, an three pigs.
of the English Dialect Society, volume 52 (1886),
CAUF, CAUVES. — Common pronunciation of Calf, Calves: as “I’d been to serve the cauves;” “She’s gotten a quee cauf[.”
English terms with multiple etymologies