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CA IRA ?ai*ra. Etym: [F. ?a ira, ?a ira, les aristocrates ? la lanterne, it shall go on, it shall go on, [hang]the arictocrats to the lantern (lamp-post).] Defn: The refrain of a famous song of the French Revolution.


CAADA Ca*?ada, n. [Sp.] Defn: A small ca?on; a narrow valley or glen; also, but less frequently, an open valley. [Local, Western U. S.]


CAAS Caas, n. sing. & pl. Defn: Case. [Obs.] Chaucer.


CAATINGA Caa*tinga, n. [Tupi caa-tinga white forest.] (Phytogeography) Defn: A forest composed of stunted trees and thorny bushes, found in areas of small rainfall in Brazil.


CAB Cab, n. Etym: [Abbrev. fr. cabriolet.] 1. A kind of close carriage with two or four wheels, usually a public vehicle. A cab came clattering up. Thackeray. Note: A cab may have two seats at right to the driver's seat, and a door behind; or one seat parallel to the driver's, with the entrance from the side or front. Hansom cab. See Hansom. 2. The covered part of a locomotive, in which the engineer has his station. Knight.


CAB Cab, n. Etym: [Heb. gab, fr. qabab to hollow.] Defn: A Hebrew dry measure, containing a little over two (2.37) pints. W. H. Ward. 2 Kings vi. 25.


CABAL Ca*bal, n. Etym: [F. cabale cabal, cabala LL. cabala cabala, fr. Heb. qabbaleh reception, tradition, mysterious doctrine, fr. qabal to take or receive, in Pi?l qibbel to abopt (a doctrine).] 1. Tradition; occult doctrine. See Cabala [Obs.] Hakewill. 2. A secret. [Obs.] The measuring of the temple, a cabal found out but lately. B. Jonson. 3. A number of persons united in some close design, usually to promote their private views and interests in church or state by intrigue; a secret association composed of a few designing persons; a junto. Note: It so happend, by a whimsical coincidence, that in 1671 the cabinet consisted of five persons, the initial letters of whose names made up the word cabal; Clifford, Arlington, Buckingham, Ashley, and Lauderdale. Macaulay. 4. The secret artifices or machinations of a few persons united in a close design; in intrigue. By cursed cabals of women. Dryden. Syn. - Junto; intrigue; plot; combination; conspiracy. -- Cabal, Combination, Faction. An association for some purpose considered to be bad is the idea common to these terms. A combination is an organized union of individuals for mutual support, in urging their demands or resisting the claims of others, and may be good or bad according to circumstances; as, a combiniation of workmen or of employers to effect or to prevent a chang in prices. A cabal is a secret association of a few individuals who seek by cunning practices to obtain office and power. A faction is a larger body than a cabal, employed for selfish purposes in agitating the community and working up an excitement with a view to change the existing order of things. Selfishness, insubordination, and laxity of morals give rise to combinations, which belong particularly to the lower orders of society. Restless, jealous, ambitious, and little minds are ever forming cabals. Factions belong especially to free governments, and are raised by busy and turbulent spirits for selfish porposes. Crabb.


CABAL Ca*bal, v. i. [int. & p. p. Caballed; p. pr. & vb. n. Caballing]. Etym: [Cf. F. cabaler.] Defn: To unite in a small party to promote private views and interests by intrigue; to intrigue; to plot. Caballing still against it with the great. Dryden.


CABALA Caba*la, n. Etym: [LL. See Cabal, n.] 1. A kind of occult theosophy or traditional interpretation of the Scriptures among Jewish rabbis and certain medi?val Christians, which treats of the nature of god and the mystery of human existence. It assumed that every letter, word, number, and accent of Scripture contains a hidden sense; and it teaches the methods of interpretation for ascertaining these occult meanings. The cabalists pretend even to foretell events by this means. 2. Secret science in general; mystic art; mystery.


CABALISM Caba*lism, n. Etym: [Cf. F. cabalisme.] 1. The secret science of the cabalists. 2. A superstitious devotion to the mysteries of the religion which one professes. [R] Emerson.


CABALIST Caba*list, n. Etym: [Cf.F. cabaliste.] Defn: One versed in the cabala, or the mysteries of Jewish traditions. Studious cabalists. Swift.


CABALISTIC; CABALISTICAL Cab`a*listic, Cab`a*listic*al a. Defn: Of or pertaining to the cabala; containing or conveying an occult meaning; mystic. The Heptarchus is a cabalistic of the first chapter of Genesis. Hallam.


CABALISTICALLY Cab`a*listic*al*ly, adv. Defn: In a cabalistic manner.


CABALIZE Caba*lize, v. i. Etym: [Cf.F. cabaliser.] Defn: To use cabalistic language. [R] Dr. H. More.


CABALLER Ca*baller, n. Defn: One who cabals. A close caballer and tongue-valiant lord. Dryden.


CABALLERIA Ca`bal*le*ria, n. [Sp. See Caballero.] Defn: An ancient Spanish land tenure similar to the English knight's fee; hence, in Spain and countries settled by the Spanish, a land measure of varying size. In Cuba it is about 33 acres; in Porto Rico, about 194 acres; in the Southwestern United States, about 108 acres.


CABALLERO Ca`bal*lero, n. [Sp. Cf. Cavalier.] Defn: A knight or cavalier; hence, a gentleman.


CABALLINE Cabal*line, a. Etym: [L.caballinus, fr. caballus a nag. Cf. Cavalier.] Defn: Of or pertaining to a horse. -- n. Defn: Caballine aloes. Caballine aloes, an inferior and impure kind of aloes formerly used in veterinary practice; -- called also horse aloes. -- Caballine spring, the fountain of Hippocrene, on Mount Helicon; - - fabled to have been formed by a stroke from the foot of the winged horse Pegasus.


CABALLO Ca*ballo (ka*v?lyo; 220), n. [Written also cavallo.] [Sp., fr. L. caballus a nag. See Cavalcade.] Defn: A horse. [Sp. Amer.]


CABARET Caba*ret, n. Etym: [F.] Defn: A tavern; a house where liquors are retailed. [Obs. as an English word.]


CABAS Ca*bas, n. Etym: [F.] Defn: A flat basket or frail for figs, etc.; Hence, a lady's flat workbasket, reticule, or hand bag; -- often written caba. C. Bront?.


CABASSOU Ca*bassou, n. (Zo?l.) Defn: A speciec of armadillo of the genus Xenurus (X. unicinctus and X. hispidus); the tatouay. [Written also Kabassou.]


CABBAGE Cabbage, n. Etym: [OE. cabage, fr. F. cabus headed (of cabbages), chou cobus headed cabbage, cabbage head; cf. It. capuccio a little head, cappuccio cowl, hood, cabbage, fr. capo head, L. caput, or fr. It. cappa cape. See Chiff, Cape.] (Bot.) 1. An esculent vegetable of many varieties, derived from the wild Brassica oleracea of Europe. The common cabbage has a compact head of leaves. The cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, etc., are sometimes classed as cabbages. 2. The terminal bud of certain palm trees, used, like, cabbage, for food. See Cabbage tree, below. 3. The cabbage palmetto. See below. Cabbage aphis (Zo?l.), a green plant-louse (Aphis brassic?) which lives upon the leaves of the cabbage. -- Cabbage Beetle (Zo?l.), a small, striped flea-beetle (Phyllotreta vittata) which lives, in the larval state, on the roots, and when adult, on the leaves, of cabbage and other cruciferous plants. -- Cabbage butterfly (Zo?l.), a white butterfly (Pieris rap? of both Europe and America, and the Allied P. oleracea, a native American species) which, in the larval state, devours the leaves of the cabbage and the turnip. See Cabbage worm, below. -- Cabbage Fly (Zo?l.), a small two-winged fly (Anthomyia brassic?), which feeds, in the larval or maggot state, on the roots of the cabbage, often doing much damage to the crop. -- Cabbage head, the compact head formed by the leaves of a cabbage; -- contemptuously or humorously, and colloquially, a very stupid and silly person; a numskull. -- Cabbage palmetto, a species of palm tree (Sabal Palmetto) found along the coast from North Carolina to Florida. -- Cabbage rose (Bot.), a species of rose (Rosa centifolia) having large and heavy blossoms. -- Cabbage tree, Cabbage palm, a name given to palms having a terminal bud called a cabbage, as the Sabal Palmetto of the United States, and the Euterpe oleracea and Oreodoxa oleracea of the West Indies. -- Cabbage worm (Zo?l.), the larva of several species of moths and butterfies, which attacks cabbages. The most common is usully the larva of a white butterfly. See Cabbage Butterfly, above. The cabbage cutworms, which eat off the stalks or young plants during the night, are the larv? of several species of moths, of the genus Agrotis. See Cutworm. -- Sea cabbage.(Bot.) (a) Sea kale (b). The original Plant (Brassica oleracea), from which the cabbage, cauliflower, , broccoli, etc., have been derived by cultivation. -- Thousand-headed cabbage. See Brussels sprouts.


CABBAGE Cabbage, v. i. Defn: To form a head like that the cabbage; as, to make lettuce cabbage. Johnson.


CABBAGE Cabbage, v. i. [imp. & p.p Cabbaged; p. pr. & vb. n. Cabbaging (.] Etym: [F.cabasser, fr. OF. cabas theft; cf. F. cabas basket, and OF. cabuser to cheat.] Defn: To purloin or embezzle, as the pieces of cloth remaining after cutting out a garment; to pilfer. Your tailor . . . cabbages whole yards of cloth. Arbuthnot.


CABBAGE Cabbage, n. Defn: Cloth or clippings cabbaged or purloined by one who cuts out garments.


CABBLER Cabbler, n. Defn: One who works at cabbling.


CABBLING Cabbling, n. (Metal) Defn: The process of breaking up the flat masses into which wrought iron is first hammered, in order that the pieces may be reheated and wrought into bar iron.


CABECA; CABESSE Ca*be?a, Ca*besse, n. Etym: [Pg. cabe?a, F. cabesse.] Defn: The finest kind of silk received from India.


CABER Caber, n. Etym: [Gael] Defn: A pole or beam used in Scottish games for tossing as a trial of strength.


CABEZON Cab`e*zon, n. Etym: [Sp., properly, big head. Cf. Cavesson.] (Zo?l.) Defn: A California fish (Hemilepidotus spinosus), allied to the sculpin.


CABIAI Cabi*ai, n. Etym: [Native South American name.] (Zo?l.) Defn: The capybara. See Capybara.


CABIN Cabin, n. Etym: [OF. caban, fr. W. caban booth, cabin, dim. of cab cot, tent; or fr. F. cabane, cabine, LL. cabanna, perh. from the Celtic.] 1. A cottage or small house; a hut. Swift. A hunting cabin in the west. E. Everett. 2. A small room; an inclosed place. So long in secret cabin there he held Her captive. Spenser. 3. A room in ship for officers or passengers. Cabin boy, a boy whose duty is wait on the officers and passengers in the cabin of a ship.


CABIN Cabin v. i. [imp. & p. p. Cabined (-nd); p. pr. & vb. n. Cabining.] Defn: To live in, or as in, a cabin; to lodge. I'll make you . . . cabin in a cave. Shak.


CABIN Cabin, v. t. Defn: To confine in, or as in, a cabin. I am cabined, cribbed, confined, bound in To saucy doubts and fears. Shak.


CABINET Cabi*net, n. Etym: [F., dim. of cabine or cabane. See Cabin, n.] 1. A hut; a cottage; a small house. [Obs.] Hearken a while from thy green cabinet, The rural song of careful Colinet. Spenser. 2. A small room, or retired apartment; a closet. 3. A private room in which consultations are held. Philip passed some hours every day in his father's cabinet. Prescott. 4. The advisory council of the chief executive officer of a nation; a cabinet council. Note: In England, the cabinet or cabinet council consists of those privy coucilors who actually transact the immediate business of the government. Mozley & W. -- In the United States, the cabinet is composed of the heads of the executive departments of the government, namely, the Secretary of State, of the Treasury, of War, of the Navy, of the Interior, and of Agiculture, the Postmaster-general ,and the Attorney-general. 5. (a) A set of drawers or a cupboard intended to contain articles of value. Hence: (b) A decorative piece of furniture, whether open like an ?tag?re or closed with doors. See Etagere. 6. Any building or room set apart for the safe keeping and exhibition of works of art, etc.; also, the collection itself. Cabinet council. (a) Same as Cabinet, n., 4 (of which body it was formerly the full title). (b) A meeting of the cabinet. -- Cabinet councilor, a member of a cabinet council. -- Cabinet photograph, a photograph of a size smaller than an imperial, though larger than a carte de visite. -- Cabinet picture, a small and generally highly finished picture, suitable for a small room and for close inspection.


CABINET Cabi*net, a. Defn: Suitable for a cabinet; small. He [Varnhagen von Ense] is a walking cabinet edition of Goethe. For. Quar. Rev.


CABINET Cabi*net, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Cabineted; p. pr. & vb. n. Cabineting.] Defn: To inclose [R.] Hewyt.


CABINETMAKER Cabi*net*mak`er, n. Defn: One whose occupation is to make cabinets or other choice articles of household furniture, as tables, bedsteads, bureaus, etc.


CABINETMAKING Cabi*net*mak`ing, n. Defn: The art or occupation of making the finer articles of household furniture.


CABINETWORK Cabi*net*work`, n. Defn: The art or occupation of working upon wooden furniture requiring nice workmanship; also, such furniture.


CABIREAN Cab`i*rean Defn: ,n.One of the Cabiri.


CABIRI Ca*biri, n. pl. Etym: [ NL., fr. Gr. Ka`beiroi.] (Myth.) Defn: Certain deities originally worshiped with mystical rites by the Pelasgians in Lemnos and Samothrace and afterwards throughout Greece; -- also called sons of Heph?stus (or Vulcan), as being masters of the art of working metals. [Written also Cabeiri.] Liddell & Scott.


CABIRIAN Ca*biri*an, a. Defn: Same as Cabiric.


CABIRIC Ca*biric, a. Etym: [Cf. F. Cabirique] Defn: Of or pertaining to the Cabiri, or to their mystical worship. [Written also Cabiritic.]


CABLE Cable, n. Etym: [F. C?ble,m LL. capulum, caplum, a rope, fr. L. capere to take; cf. D., Dan., & G. rabel, from the French. See Capable.] 1. A large, strong rope or chain, of considerable length, used to retain a vessel at anchor, and for other purposes. It is made of hemp, of steel wire, or of iron links. 2. A rope of steel wire, or copper wire, usually covered with some protecting, or insulating substance; as, the cable of a suspension bridge; a telegraphic cable. 3. (Arch) Defn: A molding, shaft of a column, or any other member of convex, rounded section, made to resemble the spiral twist of a rope; -- called also cable molding. Bower cable, the cable belonging to the bower anchor. -- Cable road, a railway on which the cars are moved by a continuously running endless rope operated by a stationary motor. -- Cable's length, the length of a ship's cable. Cables in the merchant service vary in length from 100 to 140 fathoms or more; but as a maritime measure, a cable's length is either 120 fathoms (720 feet), or about 100 fathoms (600 feet, an approximation to one tenth of a nautical mile). -- Cable tier. (a) That part of a vessel where the cables are stowed. (b) A coil of a cable. -- Sheet cable, the cable belonging to the sheet anchor. -- Stream cable, a hawser or rope, smaller than the bower cables, to moor a ship in a place sheltered from wind and heavy seas. -- Submarine cable. See Telegraph. -- To pay out the cable, To veer out the cable, to slacken it, that it may run out of the ship; to let more cable run out of the hawse hole. -- To serve the cable, to bind it round with ropes, canvas, etc., to prevent its being, worn or galled in the hawse, et. -- To slip the cable, to let go the end on board and let it all run out and go overboard, as when there is not time to weigh anchor. Hence, in sailor's use, to die.


CABLE Cable, v. t. 1. To fasten with a cable. 2. (Arch.) Defn: To ornament with cabling. See Cabling.


CABLE Cable, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. Cabled (-b'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Cabling (-bl?ng).] Defn: To telegraph by a submarine cable [Recent]


CABLED Cabled, a. 1. Fastened with, or attached to, a cable or rope. The cabled stone. Dyer. 2. (Arch.) Defn: Adorned with cabling.


CABLEGRAM Cable*gram`, n. Etym: [Cable, n. + Gr. Defn: A message sent by a submarine telegraphic cable. Note: [A recent hybrid, sometimes found in the newspapers.]


CABLELAID Cable*laid`, a. 1. (Naut.) Defn: Composed of three three-stranded ropes, or hawsers, twisted together to form a cable. 2. Twisted after the manner of a cable; as, a cable-laid gold chain. Simmonds.


CABLET Cablet, n. Etym: [Dim. of cable; cf. F. c?blot.] Defn: A little cable less than ten inches in circumference.


CABLING Cabling, n. (Arch.) Defn: The decoration of a fluted shaft of a column or of a pilaster with reeds, or rounded moldings, which seem to be laid in the hollows of the fluting. These are limited in length to about one third of the height of the shaft.


CABMAN Cabman, n.; pl. Cabmen (. Defn: The driver of a cab.


CABOB Ca*bob, n. Etym: [Hindi kabab] 1. A small piece of mutton or other meat roasted on a skewer; -- so called in Turkey and Persia. 2. A leg of mutton roasted, stuffed with white herrings and sweet herbs. Wright.


CABOB Ca*bob, v. t. Defn: To roast, as a cabob. Sir. T. Herbert.


CABOCHED Ca*boched, a. Etym: [F. caboche head. Cf. lst Cabbage.] (Her.) Defn: Showing the full face, but nothing of the neck; -- said of the head of a beast in armorial bearing. [Written also caboshed.]


CABOCHON Ca`bo`chon (ka`bo`sh?N), n. [F.] (Jewelry) Defn: A stone of convex form, highly polished, but not faceted; also, the style of cutting itself. Such stones are said to be cut en cabochon.


CABOODLE Ca*boodle, n. Defn: The whole collection; the entire quantity or number; -- usually in the phrase the whole caboodle. [Slang, U.S.] Bartlett.


CABOOSE Ca*boose, n. Etym: [Cf. D. kabuis, kombuis, Dan. kabys, Sw. kabysa, G. kabuse a little room or hut. The First part of the word seems to be allied to W. cab cabin, booth. Cf. Cabin.] [Written also camboose.] 1. (Naut.) Defn: A house on deck, where the cooking is done; -- commonly called the galley. 2. (Railroad) Defn: A car used on freight or construction trains for brakemen, workmen, etc.; a tool car. [U. S.]


CABOTAGE Cabo*tage, n. Etym: [F. cabotage, fr. caboter to sail along the coast; cf. Sp. cabo cape.] (Naut.) Defn: Navigation along the coast; the details of coast pilotage.


CABREE Ca*br?e, n. Etym: [French Canadian.] (Zo?l.) Defn: The pronghorn antelope. [Also written cabrit, cabret.]


CABRERITE Ca*brerite, n. (Min.) Defn: An apple-green mineral, a hydrous arseniate of nickel, cobalt, and magnesia; -- so named from the Sierra Cabrera, Spain.


CABRILLA Ca*brilla, n. Etym: [Sp., prawn.] (Zo?l) Defn: A name applied to various species of edible fishes of the genus Serranus, and related genera, inhabiting the Meditarranean, the coast of California, etc. In California, some of them are also called rock bass and kelp salmon.


CABRIOLE Cabri*ole, n. Etym: [F. See Cabriolet, and cf. Capriole.] (Man.) Defn: A curvet; a leap. See Capriole. The cabrioles which his charger exhibited. Sir W. Scott.


CABRIOLET Cab`ri*o*let, n.Etym: [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.] Defn: A one-horse carriage with two seats and a calash top.


CABRIT Ca*brit, n. Defn: Same as Cabr?e.


CABURN Caburn, n. Etym: [Cf. Cable, n.] (Naut.) Defn: A small line made of spun yarn, to bind or worm cables, seize tackles, etc.


CACAEMIA; CACHAEMIA Ca*c?mi*a, Ca*ch?mi*a n. Etym: [NL., fr. Gr. (Med.) Defn: A degenerated or poisoned condition of the blood.


CACAINE Ca*caine, n. (Chem.) Defn: The essential principle of cacao; -- now called theobromine.


CACAJAO Ca*ca*j?o, n. Etym: [Pg.] (Zo?l) Defn: A South American short-tailed monkey (Pithecia (or Brachyurus) melanocephala). [Written also cacajo.]


CACAO Ca*cao, n. Etym: [Sp., fr. Mex. kakahuatl. Cf. Cocoa, Chocolate] (Bot.) Defn: 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.


CACHAEMIA; CACHEMIA Ca*ch?mi*a, Ca*chemi*a, n. [NL., fr. Gr. bad + blood.] (Med.) Defn: A degenerated or poisoned condition of the blood. --Ca*ch?mic, Ca*chemic (#), a.


CACHALOT Cacha*lot, n. Etym: [F. cachalot.] (Zo?l.) Defn: The sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus). 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 Cache, n. Etym: [F., a hiding place, fr. cacher to conceal, to hide.] Defn: A hole in the ground, or hiding place, for concealing and preserving provisions which it is inconvenient to carry. Kane.


CACHECTIC; CACHECTICAL Ca*chectic, Ca*chectic*al, a. Etym: [L. cachecticus, Gr. cachectique.] Defn: Having, or pertaining to, cachexia; as, cachectic remedies; cachectical blood. Arbuthnot.


CACHEPOT Cache`pot (kash`po), n. Etym: [F., fr. cacher to hide + pot a pot.] Defn: An ornamental casing for a flowerpot, of porcelain, metal, paper, etc.


CACHET Cachet, n. Etym: [F. fr. cacher to hide.] Defn: A seal, as of a letter. Lettre de cachet Etym: [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.


CACHEXIA; CACHEXY Ca*chexi*a, Ca*chexy, n. Etym: [L. cachexia, Gr. Defn: A condition of ill health and impairment of nutrition due to impoverishment of the blood, esp. when caused by a specific morbid process (as cancer or tubercle).


CACHINNATION Cach`in*nation, n. Etym: [L. cachinnatio, fr. cachinnare to laugh aloud, cf Gr. Defn: Loud or immoderate laughter; -- often a symptom of hysterical or maniacal affections. Hideous grimaces . . . attended this unusual cachinnation. Sir W. Scott.


CACHINNATORY Ca*chinna*to*ry, a. Defn: Consisting of, or accompanied by, immoderate laughter. Cachinnatory buzzes of approval. Carlyle.


CACHIRI Ca*chiri, n. Defn: A fermented liquor made in Cayenne from the grated root of the manioc, and resembling perry. Dunglison.


CACHOLONG Cacho*long, n, Etym: [F. cacholong, said to be from Cach, the name of a river in Bucharia + cholon, a Calmuck word for stone; or fr. a Calmuck word meaning beautiful stone] (Min.) Defn: An opaque or milk-white chalcedony, a variety of quartz; also, a similar variety of opal.


CACHOU Ca`chou, n. Etym: [F. See Cashoo.] Defn: A silvered aromatic pill, used to correct the odor of the breath.


CACHUCHA Ca*chucha, n. Etym: [Sp.] Defn: An Andalusian dance in three-four time, resembing the bolero. [Sometimes in English spelled cachuca (.] The orchestra plays the cachucha. Logfellow.


CACHUNDE Ca*chunde, n. Etym: [Sp.] (Med.) Defn: A pastil or troche, composed of various aromatic and other ingredients, highly celebrated in India as an antidote, and as a stomachic and antispasmodic.


CACIQUE Ca*cique, n. Etym: [Sp.] Defn: See Cazique.


CACK Cack, v. i. Etym: [OE. cakken, fr. L. cacare; akin to Gr. cac.] Defn: To ease the body by stool; to go to stool. Pope.


CACKEREL Cacker*el, n. Etym: [OF. caquerel cagarel (Cotgr.), from the root of E. cack.] (Zo?l.) Defn: The mendole; a small worthless Mediterranean fish considered poisonous by the ancients. See Mendole.


CACKLE Cackle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Cackled (-k'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Cackling.] Etym: [OE. cakelen; cf. LG. kakeln, D. kakelen, G. gackeln, gackern; all of imitative origin. Cf. Gagle, Cake to cackle.] 1. To make a sharp, broken noise or cry, as a hen or goose does. When every goose is cackling. Shak. 2. To laugh with a broken noise, like the cackling of a hen or a goose; to giggle. Arbuthnot. 3. To talk in a silly manner; to prattle. Johnson.


CACKLE Cackle, n. 1. The sharp broken noise made by a goose or by a hen that has laid an egg. By her cackle saved the state. Dryden. 2. Idle talk; silly prattle. There is a buzz and cackle all around regarding the sermon. Thackeray.


CACKLER Cackler, n. 1. A fowl that cackles. 2. One who prattles, or tells tales; a tattler.


CACKLING Cackling, n. Defn: The broken noise of a goose or a hen.


CACOCHYMIA; CACOCHYMY Cac`o*chymi*a, Caco*chym`y, n. Etym: [NL. cacochymia, fr. Gr. cacochymie.] (Med.) Defn: A vitiated state of the humors, or fluids, of the body, especially of the blood. Dunglison.


CACOCHYMIC; CACOCHYMICAL Cac`o*chymic, Cac`o*chymic*al, a. Defn: Having the fluids of the body vitiated, especially the blood. Wiseman.


CACODEMON Cac`o*demon, n. Etym: [Gr. cacod?mon.] 1. An evil spirit; a devil or demon. Shak. 2. (Med.) Defn: The nightmare. Dunaglison.


CACODOXICAL Cac`o*doxic*al, a. Defn: Heretical.


CACODOXY Caco*dox`y, n. Etym: [Gr. Defn: Erroneous doctrine; heresy; heterodoxy. [R.] Heterodoxy, or what Luther calls cacodoxy. R. Turnbull.


CACODYL Caco*dyl, n. Etym: [Gr. -yl.] (Chem.) Defn: Alkarsin; a colorless, poisonous, arsenical liquid, As2(CH3)4, spontaneously inflammable and possessing an intensely disagreeable odor. It is the type of a series of compounds analogous to the nitrogen compounds called hydrazines. [Written also cacodyle, and kakodyl.]


CACODYLIC Cac`o*dylic, a. (Chem.) Defn: Of, pertaining to, or derived from, cacodyl. Cacodylic acid, a white, crystalline, deliquescent substance, (CH3)2AsO.OH, obtained by the oxidation of cacodyl, and having the properties of an exceedingly stable acid; -- also called alkargen.

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