espauliere

Espauliere

Es`pau`liere"\, n. [OF. & F. ['e]pauli[`e]re. See Espalier.] A defense for the shoulder, composed of flexible overlapping plates of metal, used in the 15th century; -- the origin of the modern epaulette. --Fairholt.
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