hauberk

hauberk

[haw-burk]
noun Armor.
a long defensive shirt, usually of mail, extending to the knees; byrnie.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Old French hauberc, earlier halberc < Frankish *halsberg, equivalent to *hals neck (see hawse) + *berg protection (see harbor); cognate with Old High German halsberc Old English healsbeorg, Old Norse halsbjǫrg

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hauberk (ˈhɔːbɜːk)
 
n
a long coat of mail, often sleeveless
 
[C13: from Old French hauberc, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German halsberc, Old English healsbeorg, from heals neck + beorg protection, shelter]

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hauberk
c.1300, from O.Fr. hauberc, earlier holberc, from Frank. *halsberg, lit. "neck-cover" (cf. O.H.G. halsberc), from hals "neck" + bergan "to cover, protect."
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