Definition of Caul

Caul: Folk term for the membranes that surround the fetus in the womb, particularly for the presence of these membranes over the newborn infant's face or head at birth, a relatively common and usually harmless occurrence. In some cultures, the presence of a caul at birth is considered spiritually significant.


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