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caput

(ˈkeɪpət; ˈkæp-)
n, pl capita (ˈkæpɪtə)
1. (Anatomy) anatomy a technical name for the head
2. (Anatomy) the main or most prominent part of an organ or structure
[C18: from Latin]
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Noun1.caput - a headlike protuberance on an organ or structure; "the caput humeri is the head of the humerus which fits into a cavity in the scapula"
excrescence, extrusion, gibbosity, gibbousness, hump, jut, bulge, protrusion, protuberance, swelling, bump, prominence - something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from its surroundings; "the gun in his pocket made an obvious bulge"; "the hump of a camel"; "he stood on the rocky prominence"; "the occipital protuberance was well developed"; "the bony excrescence between its horns"
2.caput - the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animalscaput - the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals; contains the face and brains; "he stuck his head out the window"
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
muzzle - forward projecting part of the head of certain animals; includes the jaws and nose
body, organic structure, physical structure - the entire structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being); "he felt as if his whole body were on fire"
external body part - any body part visible externally
ear - the sense organ for hearing and equilibrium
arteria basilaris, basilar artery - an unpaired artery; supplies the pons and cerebellum and the back part of the cerebrum and the inner ear
brain, encephalon - that part of the central nervous system that includes all the higher nervous centers; enclosed within the skull; continuous with the spinal cord
human head - the head of a human being
skull - the bony skeleton of the head of vertebrates
face, human face - the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear; "he washed his face"; "I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news"
temple - the flat area on either side of the forehead; "the veins in his temple throbbed"
References in classic literature ?
De balena vero sufficit, si rex habeat caput, et regina caudam.
Thou art mistaken, Sancho," said Don Quixote, "according to the maxim quando caput dolet, &c.
I presume you will call the bug scarabæus caput hominis, or something of that kind - there are many similar titles in the Natural Histories.
Si caput fuerit infirmum, totum corpus languidum erit; nam 'omne caput languidum et omne cor moerens: a planta pedis usque ad verticem non est in eo sanitas' (Isa.
Serpens Caput is home to a few exceptional objects, most of which are galaxies.
From this conventional perspective, food security may be computed as per caput food supplies (calories per day), which is equal to 1.
Recent finds of Mycenaean imports in southern Germany, such as the fragment of an oxhide ingot from Oberwilflingen (Primas & Pernicka 1998) and the golden crown from Bernstorf (Gebhart 1999; Krause 2010) could have reached the areas north of the Alps via a route northwards from Caput Adria, or by the Po-Adige-Brenner route.
They will represent England Colleges in the Caput Mundi Tournament in Rome, where they will play against Romania, Slovania and San Marino in the qualifying rounds.
1 market by consumption volume of titanium per caput, and demands about 2,000 metric tons of the material every year to produce golf club heads, screws, bolts, etc.
7%), but he only found caecum and appendix in 4 cases and only one case of Richter's femoral hernia with caput caecum, but not involving the appendix.
iacet ingens litore truncus, auulsumque umeris caput et sine nomine corpus.
The two core chapters (devoted, respectively, to the Caput mass and to masses based on the L'homme arme melody) arc framed on the one hand by a contribution on the possible motives behind musical borrowing of (mainly) secular models, with, at the end, a few music examples, and on the other hand by a chapter on the proposed conceptual interactions of secular texts within the sacred context of liturgy.