noun, plural loricae /ləˈraɪsi, -ki, lɔ-, loʊ-/ [luh-rahy-see, -kee, law-, loh-] Show IPA .
Zoology. a hard protective case or sheath, as the protective coverings secreted by certain protists.
a cuirass or corselet, originally of leather.
1700–10; (def 1) < Neo-Latin, special use of Latin lōrīca corselet (orig. of leather), akin to lōrum thong; (def 2) < Latin