To cut a caper, to frolic; to make a sportive spring; to play a prank. Shak.

(Ca"per), n. [D. kaper.] A vessel formerly used by the Dutch, privateer. Wright.

(Ca"per), n. [F. câpre, fr. L. capparis, Gr. cf. Ar. & Per. al-kabar.]

1. The pungent grayish green flower bud of the European and Oriental caper much used for pickles.

2. (Bot.) A plant of the genus Capparis; — called also caper bush, caper tree.

The Capparis spinosa is a low prickly shrub of the Mediterranean coasts, with trailing branches and brilliant flowers; — cultivated in the south of Europe for its buds. The C. sodada is an almost leafless spiny shrub of central Africa Arabia, and southern India, with edible berries.

Bean caper. See Bran caper, in the Vocabulary.Caper sauce, a kind of sauce or catchup made of capers.

(Ca"per*ber`ry) n.

1. The small olive-shaped berry of the European and Oriental caper, said to be used in pickles and as a condiment.

2. The currantlike fruit of the African and Arabian caper

(Cap"e*lan) n. (Zoöl.) See Capelin.

(Cape"lin) n. [Cf. F. capelan, caplan.] (Zoöl.) A small marine fish (Mallotus villosus) of the family Salmonidæ, very abundant on the coasts of Greenland, Iceland, Newfoundland, and Alaska. It is used as a bait for the cod. [Written also capelan and caplin.]

This fish, which is like a smelt, is called by the Spaniards anchova, and by the Portuguese capelina. Fisheries of U. S.

(||Ca"pe*line`) n. [F., fr. LL. capella. See Chapel.] (Med.) A hood- shaped bandage for the head, the shoulder, or the stump of an amputated limb.

(Ca*pel"la) n. [L., a little goat, dim. of caper a goat.] (Asrton.) A brilliant star in the constellation Auriga.

(Cap"el*lane) n. [See Chaplain.] The curate of a chapel; a chaplain. [Obs.] Fuller.

(||Ca*pel"le) n. [G.] (Mus.) The private orchestra or band of a prince or of a church.

(Cap"el*let) n. [F. capelet.] (Far.) A swelling, like a wen, on the point of the elbow (or the heel of the hock) of a horse, caused probably by bruises in lying down.

(||Ca*pell"meis`ter) n. [G., fr. capelle chapel, private band of a prince + meister a master.] The musical director in a royal or ducal chapel; a choir-master. [Written also kapellmeister.]

(Ca"per) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Capered p. pr. & vb. n. capering.] [From older capreoll to caper, cf. F. se cabrer to prance; all ultimately fr. L. caper, capra, goat. See Capriole.] To leap or jump about in a sprightly manner; to cut capers; to skip; to spring; to prance; to dance.

He capers, he dances, he has eyes of youth.

(Ca"per), n. A frolicsome leap or spring; a skip; a jump, as in mirth or dancing; a prank.

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