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 for caul
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Caul \Caul\ (k[add]l), n. [OE. calle, kelle, prob. fr. F. cale;
     cf. Ir. calla a veil.]
     1. A covering of network for the head, worn by women; also, a
        net. --Spenser.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Anat.) The fold of membrane loaded with fat, which covers
        more or less of the intestines in mammals; the great
        omentum. See Omentum.
        [1913 Webster]
              The caul serves for the warming of the lower belly.
        [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
              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.
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              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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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: part of the peritoneum attached to the stomach and to the
           colon and covering the intestines [syn: greater omentum,
           gastrocolic omentum, caul]
      2: the inner membrane of embryos in higher vertebrates
         (especially when covering the head at birth) [syn: caul,
         veil, embryonic membrane]

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     (Heb. yothe'reth; i.e., "something redundant"), the membrane
     which covers the upper part of the liver (Ex. 29:13, 22; Lev.
     3:4, 10, 15; 4:9; 7:4; marg., "midriff"). In Hos. 13:8 (Heb.
     seghor; i.e., "an enclosure") the pericardium, or parts about
     the heart, is meant.

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