caudatum cau·da·tum (kô-dā’təm)
n. pl. cau·da·ta (-tə)
See caudate nucleus.
the main stem of a tree, especially a palm or tree fern. the woody or thickened persistent base of an herbaceous perennial. Historical Examples noun (pl) -dices (-dɪˌsiːz), -dexes the thickened persistent stem base of some herbaceous perennial plants the woody stem of palms and tree ferns caudex (kô’děks’) The thickened, usually underground base of […]
a system of government by a caudillo. a state or government in which a caudillo exercises absolute power.
(in Spanish-speaking countries) a head of state, especially a military dictator. Contemporary Examples Historical Examples noun (pl) -los (-jəʊz; Spanish) (-ʎos) (in Spanish-speaking countries) a military or political leader n. dictator in Spain or Latin America, 1852, from Spanish caudillo, cabdillo “leader, chief,” from Late Latin capitellum, diminutive of caput (genitive capitis) “head” (see capitulum). […]
two mountain passes in S Italy, in the Apennines near Benevento. plural noun a narrow pass in the Apennines, in S Italy, between Capua and Benevento: scene of the defeat of the Romans by the Samnites (321 bc)