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byrnie

[bur-nee] /ˈbɜr ni/
noun, Armor.
1.
a coat of mail; hauberk.
Origin of byrnie
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English byrny, Scottish variant of brynie, brinie < Old Norse brynja, cognate with Old English byrne coat of mail, Old High German brunnia
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  • It entered his side through a cleft in his byrnie and pierced him deep.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • The Anglo-Saxon poets let us know that chieftains and warriors wore a body defence, which they call a byrnie or a battle-sark.

  • It is true that only one trace of a byrnie, and that apparently not of ring-mail, has so far been found in an Anglo-Saxon grave.

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
  • In early Saxon times, a protective garment called a byrnie was worn by the leaders.

  • His face was white, and white as snow was his beard, and blood from his great wound ran down his byrnie.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • The blow falls on his shield, and shears off the side of it, then strikes the byrnie beneath, but lightly.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • This was a great wound, for the axe shore through the steel of the byrnie and sank into the flesh.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • Eric might not bear this sight, for his heart beat within him as though it would burst the byrnie over it.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • The defensive armour consisted of helmet, shield, and byrnie.

  • But Blacktooth's byrnie was good, nor did the sword bite into it.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for byrnie

byrnie

/ˈbɜːnɪ/
noun
1.
an archaic word for coat of mail
Word Origin
Old English byrne; related to Old Norse brynja, Gothic brunjō, Old High German brunnia coat of mail, Old Irish bruinne breast
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