Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913, 100,000 entries)
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Cachepot Cache`pot" (kȧsh`po") noun [ French, from cacher to hide + pot a pot.] An ornamental casing for a flowerpot, of porcelain, metal, paper, etc.
Cachet Cach"et noun [ French from cacher to hide.] A seal, as of a letter. Lettre de cachet [ French], 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·chex"i·a, Ca·chex"y noun [ Latin cachexia , Greek kachexi`a ; kako`s bad + "e`xis condition.] 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).
[ Latin cachinnatio
, from cachinnare
to laugh aloud, confer Greek kacha`zein
.] Loud or immoderate laughter; -- often a symptom of hysterical or maniacal affections.
Hideous grimaces . . . attended this unusual cachinnation .
Sir W. Scott.
Cachinnatory Ca·chin"na·to·ry adjective Consisting of, or accompanied by, immoderate laughter.
Cachinnatory buzzes of approval.
Cachiri Ca·chi"ri noun A fermented liquor made in Cayenne from the grated root of the manioc, and resembling perry. Dunglison.
Cacholong Cach"o·long noun [ French cacholong , said to be from Cach , the name of a river in Bucharia + cholon , a Calmuck word for stone ; or from a Calmuck word meaning "beautiful stone"] (Min.) An opaque or milk-white chalcedony, a variety of quartz; also, a similar variety of opal.
Cachou Ca`chou" noun [ French See Cashoo .] A silvered aromatic pill, used to correct the odor of the breath.
Cachucha Ca·chu"cha noun
[ Spanish ] An Andalusian dance in three-four time, resembling the bolero.
[ Sometimes in English spelled cachuca
The orchestra plays the cachucha .
Cachunde Ca·chun"de noun [ Spanish ] (Medicine) A pastil or troche, composed of various aromatic and other ingredients, highly celebrated in India as an antidote, and as a stomachic and antispasmodic.
Cachæmia Ca·chæ"mi·a Ca*che"mi*a noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... bad + ... blood.] (Medicine) A degenerated or poisoned condition of the blood. -- Ca*chæ"mic , Ca*che"mic adjective
Cacique Ca·cique" noun [ Spanish ] See Cazique.
Cack Cack (kăk) intransitive verb [ Middle English cakken , from Latin cacare ; akin to Greek kakka^n , and to OIr. cacc dung; confer Anglo-Saxon cac .] To ease the body by stool; to go to stool. Pope.
Cackerel Cack"er·el noun [ Old French caquerel cagarel ( Cotgr .), from the root of English cack .] (Zoology) The mendole; a small worthless Mediterranean fish considered poisonous by the ancients. See Mendole .
Cackle Cac"kle intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Cackled
(-k'ld); present participle & verbal noun Cackling
.] [ Middle English cakelen
; confer LG. kakeln
, Dutch kakelen
, German gackeln
; all of imitative origin. Confer Gagle
to cackle.] 1. To make a sharp, broken noise or cry, as a hen or goose does.
When every goose is cackling . 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 Cac"kle noun 1. The sharp broken noise made by a goose or by a hen that has laid an egg.
By her cackle saved the state. 2. Idle talk; silly prattle.
There is a buzz and cackle all around regarding the sermon.
Cackler Cac"kler noun 1. A fowl that cackles. 2. One who prattles, or tells tales; a tattler.
Cackling Cac"kling noun The broken noise of a goose or a hen.
Cacochymia Cac`o·chym"i·a noun [ New Latin , Greek ...; ... bad + ... juice.] (Medicine) A vitiated state of the humors, or fluids, of the body, esp. of the blood. -- Cac`o*chym"ic , Cac`o*chym"ic*al adjective
Cacochymia, Cacochymy Cac`o·chym"i·a, Cac"o·chym`y noun [ New Latin cacochymia , from Greek ...........................; kako`s bad + ............... juice: confer French cacochymie .] (Medicine) A vitiated state of the humors, or fluids, of the body, especially of the blood. Dunglison.
Cacochymic, Cacochymical Cac`o·chym"ic, Cac`o·chym"ic·al adjective Having the fluids of the body vitiated, especially the blood. Wiseman.
Cacodemon Cac`o·de"mon noun [ Greek ..............................; kako`s bad + .................. demon: confer French cacodémon .] 1. An evil spirit; a devil or demon. Shak. 2. (Medicine) The nightmare. Dunaglison.
Cacodoxical Cac`o·dox"ic·al adjective Heretical.
Cacodoxy Cac"o·dox`y noun
[ Greek ........................... perverted opinion; kako`s
bad + ............... opinion.] Erroneous doctrine; heresy; heterodoxy.
Heterodoxy, or what Luther calls cacodoxy .
Cacodyl Cac"o·dyl noun [ Greek ..................... ill-smelling ( kako`s bad + ............... to smell) + -yl .] (Chemistry) Alkarsin; a colorless, poisonous, arsenical liquid, As 2 (CH 3 ) 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·dyl"ic adjective (Chemistry) Of, pertaining to, or derived from, cacodyl. Cacodylic acid , a white, crystalline, deliquescent substance, (CH 3 ) 2 AsO.OH, obtained by the oxidation of cacodyl, and having the properties of an exceedingly stable acid; -- also called alkargen .
Cacoëthes Cac`o·ë"thes noun [ Latin , from Greek ........................ of ill habits, ...... ........................ an ill habit; kako`s bad + ... habit] 1. A bad custom or habit; an insatiable desire; as, cacoëthes scribendi , "The itch for writing". Addison. 2. (Medicine) A bad quality or disposition in a disease; an incurable ulcer.
Cacogastric Cac`o·gas"tric adjective [ Greek kako`s bad + .................. stomach.] Troubled with bad digestion. [ R.] Carlyle.
Cacographic Cac`o·graph`ic adjective Pertaining to, or characterized by, cacography; badly written or spelled.
Cacography Ca·cog`ra·phy noun [ Greek kako`s bad + -graphy ; confer French cacographie .] Incorrect or bad writing or spelling. Walpole.
Cacolet Ca`co·let" noun [ French] A chair, litter, or other contrivance fitted to the back or pack saddle of a mule for carrying travelers in mountainous districts, or for the transportation of the sick and wounded of an army.
Cacology Ca·col"o·gy noun [ Greek kako`s bad + -logy : confer French cacologie .] Bad speaking; bad choice or use of words. Buchanan.
Cacomixle, Cacomixtle Ca`co·mix"le, Ca`co·mix"tle Ca"co*mix`l noun [ Mexican name.] A North American carnivore ( Bassaris astuta ), about the size of a cat, related to the raccoons. It inhabits Mexico, Texas, and California.
Cacoon Ca·coon" noun One of the seeds or large beans of a tropical vine ( Entada scandens ) used for making purses, scent bottles, etc.
Cacophonic, Cacophonical Cac`o·phon"ic, Cac`o·phon"ic·al Ca*coph"o*nous Cac`o*pho"ni*ous adjective Harsh-sounding.
Cacophony Ca·coph"o·ny noun
; plural Cacophonies
. [ Greek ...........................; kako`s
bad + ............ sound: confer French Cacophonie
.] 1. (Rhet.) An uncouth or disagreable sound of words, owing to the concurrence of harsh letters or syllables.
of all kinds." Pope. 2. (Mus.) A combination of discordant sounds. 3. (Medicine) An unhealthy state of the voice.
Cacostomia Cac`o·sto"mi·a noun [ New Latin , from Greek ... bad + ... mouth.] (Medicine) Diseased or gangrenous condition of the mouth.
Cacotechny Cac"o·tech`ny noun [ Greek ...; kako`s bad + ... art.] A corruption or corrupt state of art. [ R.]
Cacoxene, Cacoxenite Ca·cox"ene, Ca·cox"e·nite noun [ Greek kako`s bad + ............... guest.] (Min.) A hydrous phosphate of iron occurring in yellow radiated tufts. The phosphorus seriously injures it as an iron ore.
Cactaceous Cac·ta"ceous adjective (Botany) Belonging to, or like, the family of plants of which the prickly pear is a common example.
Cactus Cac"tus noun
(- tī). [ Latin , a kind of cactus, Greek ...................] (Botany) 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. Cactus wren (Zoology)
, an American wren of the genus Campylorhynchus , of several species.
Cacuminal Ca·cu"mi·nal adjective [ Latin cacumen , cacuminis , the top, point.] (Philol.) Pertaining to the top of the palate; cerebral; -- applied to certain consonants; as, cacuminal (or cerebral) letters.
Cacuminate Ca·cu"mi·nate intransitive verb [ Latin cacuminatus , past participle of cacuminare to point, from cacumen point.] To make sharp or pointed. [ Obsolete]
Cacæmia Ca·cæ"mi·a (kȧ*sē"mĭ*ȧ), Ca*chæ"mi*a (kȧ*ke"mĭ*ȧ) noun [ New Latin , from Greek kako`s bad+ a"i^ma blood.] (Medicine) A degenerated or poisoned condition of the blood.
Cad Cad noun [ Abbrev. from 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 Ca·das"tral adjective [ French] Of or pertaining to landed property. 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.
Cadastre, Cadaster Ca·das"tre, Ca·das"ter noun [ 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.
Cadaver Ca·da"ver noun [ Latin , fr cadere to fall.] A dead human body; a corpse.
Cadaveric Ca·dav"er·ic adjective Of, pertaining to, or resembling, a corpse, or the changes produced by death; cadaverous; as, cadaveric rigidity. Dunglison. 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 .
Cadaverine Ca·dav"er·ine noun Also - in [ From Cadaver .] (Chemistry) A sirupy, nontoxic ptomaine, C 5 H 14 N 2 (chemically pentamethylene diamine), formed in putrefaction of flesh, etc.