a heavily armed war galley of ancient Greece.
a suit of ancient Roman scale armor for a man or horse.
Zoology. the bony plates or scales covering the body of certain fishes or reptiles.
Origin: 1575–85; Related forms
< Latin cataphractus
fully armored < Greek katáphraktos
(akin to kataphrássein
to clothe fully in armor), equivalent to kata- cata-
fenced, protectively clothed (phrag-
fence + -tos
verbal adjective suffix)
is always a great word to know.
So is fish. Does it mean: