cuirasses

cuirass

[kwi-ras]
noun
1.
Also called corselet. defensive armor for the torso comprising a breastplate and backplate, originally made of leather.
2.
either of the plates forming such armor.
3.
any similar covering, as the protective armor of a ship.
4.
Zoology. a hard shell or other covering forming an indurated defensive shield.
verb (used with object)
5.
to equip or cover with a cuirass.

Origin:
1425–75; < French cuirasse < Late Latin coriācea, noun use of feminine of coriāceus (adj.) leather, equivalent to Latin cori(um) leather + -āceus -aceous; replacing late Middle English curas < Middle French curasse, variant of cuirasse

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cuirass (kwɪˈræs)
 
n
1.  a piece of armour, of leather or metal covering the chest and back
2.  a hard outer protective covering of some animals, consisting of shell, plate, or scales
3.  any similar protective covering, as on a ship
 
vb
4.  (tr) to equip with a cuirass
 
[C15: from French cuirasse, from Late Latin coriacea, from coriaceus made of leather, from Latin corium leather]

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cuirass
1464, from M.Fr. cuirasse, from L.L. coriacea vestis "garment of leather," from L. corium "leather, hide."
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