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 Geology.

(Cau"dal) a. [L. Cauda tail. Cf. Coward.] Of the nature of, or pertaining to, a tail; having a tail-like appendage.

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, and spices.

(Cau"dle), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Caudled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Caudling ]

(Cau*ca"sian) a.

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.

(Cau*ca"sian), n.

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
(||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.

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