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ca´que a small single-masted sailing vessel used in the eastern Mediterranean. [2 definitions]
cairn a pile of stones put up as a landmark or monument.
Cairo the capital of Egypt.
caisson a watertight chamber used in constructing or repairing underwater structures. [2 definitions]
caisson disease see "aeroembolism."
cajole to coax or persuade insistently, as by flattery or false promises.
Cajun a person of French Acadian descent, now usu. native to Louisiana. [2 definitions]
cake a sweet, baked food made with flour, sugar, and eggs, often in the form of a loaf or round layers. [4 definitions]
cakes and ale the good things in life; material or worldly pleasures.
cakewalk a high-strutting, marchlike dance done in competition for the prize of a cake, awarded to the most intricate or unusual performance. [5 definitions]
Cal.1 abbreviation of "large calorie," or "large calories," a unit of energy used for measuring energy value of food oxidized in the body, or the amount of food capable of producing such a unit.
Cal.2 an abbreviation of "California," a U.S. state on the west coast.
cal.2 abbreviation of "small calorie," or "small calories," a unit of heat equal to the amount necessary to raise the temperature of one gram of water one degree Celsius, also known as "gram calorie."
cal.1 abbreviation of "caliber."
calabash any of various hard-shelled gourds, or the vine that bears such a gourd. [2 definitions]
calaboose (informal) a jail or prison.
caladium any of various American tropical plants of the arum family that are grown for their colorful variegated leaves.
calamari squid after it has been cooked, esp. as an Italian dish.
calamine a white or pinkish powder of zinc oxide and a trace of ferric oxide, used in skin lotions.
calamitous causing or involving great loss and misery; disastrous.
calamity an event causing extreme harm, suffering, or destruction; disaster. [2 definitions]