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casque

[kask] /kæsk/
noun
1.
an open, conical helmet with a nose guard, commonly used in the medieval period.
2.
any helmet-shaped head covering.
3.
Zoology. a process or formation on the head, resembling a helmet.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; < Middle French < Spanish casco helmet, head, earthen pot; akin to cascara
Related forms
casqued
[kaskt] /kæskt/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples from the web for casque
  • The distinctive structure at the top of the bill, called a casque, helps hornbills project their harsh call cross the canopy.
  • Also unclear is the function of the odd, finlike casque that sits atop its brilliant blue head and neck.
  • The casque would help protect the skull from such collisions.
British Dictionary definitions for casque

casque

/kæsk/
noun
1.
(zoology) a helmet or a helmet-like process or structure, as on the bill of most hornbills
Derived Forms
casqued, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Spanish casco; see cask
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Word Origin and History for casque
n.

"armor for the head," 1570s, from French casque (see cask).

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