One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The amniotic membrane enclosing a fetus.
- ‘Thus he ordered the ‘Triada special’, a huge kofte of chicken, veal and pork enclosed in some sort of natural caul and charcoal-grilled, which he pronounced heavenly.’
- ‘Around this, fold a layer of Bayonne ham, the two layers of caul and tie gently in 3 or four places.’
- ‘This is a sort of cake, roll or ball, made of chopped liver and lights, mixed with gravy, and wrapped in pieces of pig's caul.’
- ‘The result is an offal meatball which is wrapped in the pig's caul.’
- ‘They made theirs of pig offal, enclosed in the cleaned caul of a pig (the caul is a membrane surrounding the intestines).’
- ‘Haggis turned up again as the stuffing of a chicken fillet wrapped in caul and the salmon reappeared in a salad with citrus mayonnaise.’
- ‘Personally, I like to wrap the whole thing in pigs' caul before tying, but I appreciate that this wouldn't suit everyone.’
- 1.1 Part of the amniotic membrane occasionally found on a child's head at birth, thought to bring good luck.
- ‘Dr. Potato emails from the Phillipines to share another superstition about the caul - that it's associated with a sixth sense.’
- ‘The caul of Jaimie Clare Noonan (blessed by Chaplain Loch) now rests in a special casket.’
- ‘A translucent head which was little more than a gelatinous bag closed over the mayor's head like a caul.’
- ‘Here we learn of parish priests acting like spell-casting wizards, placing the cauls of newborn infants under the altar in order to give them magical properties.’
- ‘In Dalmatian folk belief, for example, a girl born in a red caul became a morica when she grew up, and when she married she became a witch.’
- ‘The ‘second skin,’ characteristic of both those born in a caul and ‘skin shifters,’ is, therefore, like a serpent skin.’
- ‘Nothing unusual in that, you might say, except this heart-shaped locket was made to hold the caul, which covered the baby's head when he was born.’
- ‘Being born with a caul, therefore, reveals an essential duality, which relates to the notion of being born in a ‘second skin’.’
- ‘The range was wide, covering subjects such as baptismal customs, remembrance notices in the press, Essex girl jokes, modern witches, cauls and the puns in the names of hairdressing establishments.’
2historical A woman's close-fitting indoor headdress or hairnet.
- ‘He held his hands out in the near blackness of the chapel, brushing against her caul.’
- ‘Halpern kept his arms crossed and eyes forward, while Ren was grinning and tucking a few stray hairs up under a mesh caul.’
- ‘The sheath and cord, or ‘cauls and strings,’ as they were called, were sometimes accompanied by a purse, as is the case with the set in nearly perfect condition shown in Plate III.’
- ‘Wrap the caul fat tightly around the pork chops, trimming off any excess.’
- ‘Arrange a piece of caul fat on a flat work surface.’
- ‘Season with salt and pepper and tie string around each saddle to secure the caul fat.’
- ‘Invert each of the eye loins, terrine side down, onto the caul fat.’
- ‘Season, wrap each rack in caul fat, and set aside.’
Middle English: perhaps from Old French cale ‘head covering’, but recorded earlier.
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