1. Of or pertaining to the Caucasus, a mountainous region between the Black and Caspian seas.
2. Of or pertaining to the white races of mankind, of whom the people about Mount Caucasus were
formerly taken as the type.
1. A native or inhabitant of the Caucasus, esp. a Circassian or Georgian.
2. A member of any of the white races of mankind.
(Cau"cus) n. [Etymology uncertain. Mr. J. H. Trumbull finds the origin of caucus in the N. A.
Indian word cawcawwassough or caú cau-as'u one who urges or pushes on, a promoter. See citation
for an early use of the word caucus.] A meeting, especially a preliminary meeting, of persons belonging
to a party, to nominate candidates for public office, or to select delegates to a nominating convention, or
to confer regarding measures of party policy; a political primary meeting.
This day learned that the caucus club meets, at certain times, in the garret of Tom Dawes, the adjutant
of the Boston regiment.
John Adams's Diary [Feb. , 1763].
(Cau"cus), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Caucused ; p. pr. & vb. n. Caucusing.] To hold, or meet in,
a caucus or caucuses.
(Cau"dad) adv. [L. cauda tail + ad to.] (Zoöl.) Backwards; toward the tail or posterior part.
Cauda galli epoch (Geol.), an epoch at the begining of the Devonian age in eastern America, so named
from the characteristic gritty sandstone marked with impressions of cauda galli. See the Diagram under
(||Cau"da gal*li), [L., tail of a cock.] (Paleon.) A plume-shaped fossil, supposed to be a
seaweed, characteristic of the lower Devonian rocks; as, the cauda galli grit.
(Cau"dal) a. [L. Cauda tail. Cf. Coward.] Of the nature of, or pertaining to, a tail; having a
The male widow-bird, remarkable for his caudal plumes. Caudal fin (Zoöl.), the terminal fin (or "tail") of a fish.
(||Cau*da"ta) n. pl. [NL., fr. L. cauda tail.] (Zoöl.) See Urodela.
(Cau"date Cau"da*ted) a. [L. cauda tail.] Having a tail; having a termination like a tail.
(||Cau"dex) n.; pl. L. Caudices E. Caudexes [L.] (Bot.) The stem of a tree., esp. a stem
without a branch, as of a palm or a tree fern; also, the perennial rootstock of an herbaceous plant.
(Cau"di*cle ||Cau*dic"u*la) n. [Dim. of L. cauda tail, appendage.] (Bot.) A slender, elastic
process, to which the masses of pollen in orchidaceous plants are attached.
(Cau"dle) n. [OF. caudel, F. chaudeau, dim. of LL calidum a sweet drink, fr. L. caidus warm.
See Caldron.] A kind of warm drink for sick persons, being a mixture of wine with eggs, bread, sugar,
(Cau"dle), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Caudled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Caudling ]