Lettre de cachet[F.], a sealed letter, especially a letter or missive emanating from the sovereign; — much used in France before the Revolution as an arbitrary order of imprisonment.

(||Ca*chex"i*a Ca*chex"y) , n. [L. cachexia, Gr. kachexi`a; kako`s bad + "e`xis condition.] A condition of ill health and impairment of nutrition due to impoverishment of the blood, esp. when caused by a specific morbid process

(Cach`in*na"tion) n. [L. cachinnatio, fr. cachinnare to laugh aloud, cf. Gr. kacha`zein.] Loud or immoderate laughter; — often a symptom of hysterical or maniacal affections.

Hideous grimaces . . . attended this unusual cachinnation.
Sir W. Scott.

(Ca*chin"na*to*ry) a. Consisting of, or accompanied by, immoderate laughter.

Cachinnatory buzzes of approval.

(Cab"ri*ole) n. [F. See Cabriolet, and cf. Capriole.] (Man.) A curvet; a leap. See Capriole.

The cabrioles which his charger exhibited.
Sir W. Scott.

(Cab`ri*o*let") n.[F., dim. of cabriole a leap, caper, from It. capriola, fr. dim. of L. caper he- goat, capra she-goat. This carriage is so called from its skipping lightness. Cf. Cab, Caper a leap.] A one-horse carriage with two seats and a calash top.

(Ca*brit") n. Same as Cabrée.

(Cab"urn) n. [Cf. Cable, n.] (Naut.) A small line made of spun yarn, to bind or worm cables, seize tackles, etc.

(||Ca*cæ"mi*a) Cachæmia
(||Ca*chæ"mi*a) n. [NL., fr. Gr. kako`s bad+ a"i^ma blood.] (Med.) A degenerated or poisoned condition of the blood.

(Ca*ca"ine) n. (Chem.) The essential principle of cacao; — now called theobromine.

(||Ca*ca*jão") n. [Pg.] (Zoöl) A South American short-tailed monkey (Pithecia melanocephala or Brachyurus melanocephala). [Written also cacajo.]

(Ca*ca"o) n. [Sp., fr. Mex. kakahuatl. Cf. Cocoa, Chocolate] (Bot.) A small evergreen tree (Theobroma Cacao) of South America and the West Indies. Its fruit contains an edible pulp, inclosing seeds about the size of an almond, from which cocoa, chocolate, and broma are prepared.

(Cach"a*lot) n. [F. cachalot.] (Zoöl.) The sperm whale It has in the top of its head a large cavity, containing an oily fluid, which, after death, concretes into a whitish crystalline substance called spermaceti. See Sperm whale.

(||Cache) n. [F., a hiding place, fr. cacher to conceal, to hide.] A hole in the ground, or hiding place, for concealing and preserving provisions which it is inconvenient to carry. Kane.

(Ca*chec"tic Ca*chec"tic*al) a. [L. cachecticus, Gr. : cf. F. cachectique.] Having, or pertaining to, cachexia; as, cachectic remedies; cachectical blood. Arbuthnot.

(||Cache`pot") n. [F., fr. cacher to hide + pot a pot.] An ornamental casing for a flowerpot, of porcelain, metal, paper, etc.

(||Cach"et) n. [F. fr. cacher to hide.] A seal, as of a letter.

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