1. (Rhet.) An uncouth or disagreable sound of words, owing to the concurrence of harsh letters or
syllables. "Cacophonies of all kinds." Pope.
2. (Mus.) A combination of discordant sounds.
3. (Med.) An unhealthy state of the voice.
(Cac"o*tech`ny) n. [Gr. kako`s bad + art.] A corruption or corrupt state of art. [R.]
(Ca*cox"ene Ca*cox"e*nite) , n. [Gr. kako`s bad + guest.] (Min.) A hydrous phosphate of
iron occurring in yellow radiated tufts. The phosphorus seriously injures it as an iron ore.
(Cac*ta"ceous) a. (Bot.) Belonging to, or like, the family of plants of which the prickly
pear is a common example.
Cactus wren (Zoöl.), an American wren of the genus Campylorhynchus, of several species.
(Cac"tus) n. ; pl. E. Cactuses Cacti (- ti). [L., a kind of cactus, Gr. .] (Bot.) Any plant of
the order Cactacæ, as the prickly pear and the night-blooming cereus. See Cereus. They usually have
leafless stems and branches, often beset with clustered thorns, and are mostly natives of the warmer
parts of America.
(Ca*cu"mi*nal) a. [L. cacumen, cacuminis, the top, point.] (Philol.) Pertaining to the top
of the palate; cerebral; applied to certain consonants; as, cacuminal (or cerebral) letters.
(Ca*cu"mi*nate) v. i. [L. cacuminatus, p. p. of cacuminare to point, fr. cacumen point.]
To make sharp or pointed. [Obs.]
(Cad) n. [Abbrev. fr. cadet.]
1. A person who stands at the door of an omnibus to open and shut it, and to receive fares; an idle hanger-
on about innyards. [Eng.] Dickens.
2. A lowbred, presuming person; a mean, vulgar fellow. [Cant] Thackeray.
Cadastral survey, or Cadastral map, a survey, map, or plan on a large scale (Usually &frac1x2500
of the linear measure of the ground, or twenty-five inches to the mile or about an inch to the acre) so as
to represent the relative positions and dimensions of objects and estates exactly; distinguished from a
topographical map, which exaggerates the dimensions of houses and the breadth of roads and streams,
for the sake of distinctness. Brande & C.
(Ca*das"tral) a. [F.] Of or pertaining to landed property.
(||Ca*das"tre, Ca*das"ter) n. [f. cadastre.] (Law.) An official statement of the quantity and
value of real estate for the purpose of apportioning the taxes payable on such property.
(||Ca*da"ver) n. [L., fr cadere to fall.] A dead human body; a corpse.
Cadaveric alkaloid, an alkaloid generated by the processes of decomposition in dead animal bodies,
and thought by some to be the cause of the poisonous effects produced by the bodies. See Ptomaine.
(Ca*dav"er*ic) a. Of, pertaining to, or resembling, a corpse, or the changes produced by
death; cadaverous; as, cadaveric rigidity. Dunglison.
(Ca*dav"er*ous) a. [L. cadaverosus.]
1. Having the appearance or color of a dead human body; pale; ghastly; as, a cadaverous look.