Crossword clues for caput
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Caput \Ca"put\ (k[=a]"p[u^]t), n.; pl. Capita (k[a^]p"[i^]*t[.a]). [L., the head.]
(Anat.) The head; also, a knoblike protuberance or capitulum.
The top or superior part of a thing.
(Eng.) The council or ruling body of the University of Cambridge prior to the constitution of 1856.
Your caputs and heads of colleges.
Caput mortuum. [L., dead head.] (Old Chem.) The residuum after distillation or sublimation; hence, worthless residue.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"head," in various senses, from Latin caput (see capitulum).
n. 1 (context anatomy English) The head. 2 (context anatomy English) A knob-like protuberance or capitulum. 3 The top or superior part of a thing. 4 (context UK English) The council or ruling body of the University of Cambridge prior to the constitution of 1856.
n. a headlike protuberance on an organ or structure; "the caput humeri is the head of the humerus which fits into a cavity in the scapula"
the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals; contains the face and brains; "he stuck his head out the window" [syn: head]
[also: capita (pl)]
Caput, a Latin word meaning literally "head" and by metonymy "top", has been borrowed in a variety of English words, including capital, captain, and decapitate. The surname Caputo, common in the Campania region of Italy, comes from the appellation used by some Roman military generals. A variant form has surfaced more recently in the title Capo (or Caporegime), the head of La Cosa Nostra. The French language converted 'caput' into chief, chef, and chapitre, later borrowed in English as chapter.
The central settlement in an Anglo-Saxon multiple estate was called a caput, (short for caput baroniae, see below). The word is also used for the centre of administration of a hundred.
Caput was also the name of the council or ruling body of the University of Cambridge prior to the constitution of 1856.
Caput baronium is the seat of a barony in Scotland. Caput baroniae is the seat of an English feudal barony. (Baronia, nominative case of a feminine Latin noun, is correctly baroniae in the genitive.)
Caput is also used in medicine to describe any head like protuberance on an organ or structure, such as the caput humeri.
In music, caput may refer to the Missa Caput or the plainsong melisma on which it is based.
The German word kaputt ("destroyed"), from which derives the English colloquialism 'caput' meaning done, or finished, is not related to this word, nor is the family name "Klaput."
Usage examples of "caput".
Every twenty-seven days, in the sphere above us, the moon moves from caput to cauda and back again.
They could, of course, have worked on under-peopleanimals in the shape of human beings, who did the heavy and the weary work which remained as the caput mortuum of a really perfected economybut it was against the law for animals, even when they were underpeople, to go to a human hospital.
Then only, when once the ponens caput expiravit was announced by the heavy toll of the clock bell, he breathed.
South to north the moon ascends across the ecliptic, and that is the caput dra-conis, the head of the dragon.
That is why you are neither caput nor cauda draconis but rather seventh and least of our order.
The gold torque worn by the caput draconis winked and dazzled in the firelight.
She had thought to teach them, for had not the caput draconis admitted that sheAntoniahad a natural gift for compulsion?
How old, truly, was the caput draconis, who carried herself with the gravity of a woman of great wisdom and age and yet to judge by her face and hair might be any age between twenty and forty?
Irritated, Antonia had to acknowledge the truth of what their caput draconis had said.
Oxonian, on receiving a hint from the squire, gave, with an air of the most comic gravity, an old carol, the first verse of which was as follows Caput apri defero Reddens laudes Domino.
And I pray you, my masters, be merry Quot estis in convivio Caput apri defero, Reddens laudes domino.
The points on the ecliptic where it crosses are called the ascending node and the descending node, or caput draconis and cauda draconisthat is, the head and the tail of the dragon.
Magnus, otherwise known to his fellows as Caput, because of his supposed cerebral inflation.
The points on the ecliptic where it crosses are called the ascending node and the descending node, or caput draconis and cauda draconis—.
In a storm of proffered adjectives I stood in the piazza and watched spellbound as the Great Council of Venice marched along the Molo, as the High Mass was sung from the altar of San Marco, as the ships moved out on the glassy waves of the Adriatic, as the brushes dipped to gather up their colors and mix them in the earthen potsrose madder, vermilion, carmine, cerise, cerulean, turquoise, viridian, yellow ocher, burnt umber, quinacridone, citrine, sepia, Caput Mortuum Violet oh, too lovelyand of a thick lacquer, the name Dragon's blood.