gorget

gorget

[gawr-jit]
noun
1.
a patch on the throat of a bird or other animal, distinguished by its color, texture, etc.
2.
a piece of armor for the throat. See diag. under armor.
3.
a crescent-shaped ornament worn on a chain around the neck as a badge of rank by officers in the 17th and 18th centuries.
4.
a wimple of the Middle Ages, worn with the ends fastened in the hair.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English < Old French. See gorge1, -et

gorgeted, adjective
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gorget (ˈɡɔːdʒɪt)
 
n
1.  a collar-like piece of armour worn to protect the throat
2.  a part of a wimple worn by women to cover the throat and chest, esp in the 14th century
3.  a band of distinctive colour on the throat of an animal, esp a bird
 
[C15: from Old French, from gorge; see gorge]
 
'gorgeted
 
adj

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gorget
"armor for the throat," 1470, from O.Fr. gorgete, dim. of gorge "throat."
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gorget gor·get (gôr'jĭt)
n.
A surgical director or guide with a wide groove for use in lithotomy.

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