cataphract

cataphract

[kat-uh-frakt]
noun
1.
a heavily armed war galley of ancient Greece.
2.
a suit of ancient Roman scale armor for a man or horse.
3.
Zoology. the bony plates or scales covering the body of certain fishes or reptiles.

Origin:
1575–85; < Latin cataphractus fully armored < Greek katáphraktos (akin to kataphrássein to clothe fully in armor), equivalent to kata- cata- + phraktós fenced, protectively clothed (phrag- fence + -tos verbal adjective suffix)

cataphractic, adjective
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cataphract

noun
armor that protects the wearer's whole body [syn: body armor
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