noun, plural panoplies.
a wide-ranging and impressive array or display: the dazzling panoply of the maharaja's procession; the panoply of European history.
a complete suit of armor.
a protective covering.
full ceremonial attire or paraphernalia; special dress and equipment.

1570–80; < Greek panoplía full complement of arms and armor, equivalent to pan- pan- + (h)ópl(a) arms, armor (cf. hoplite) + -ia -ia

panoplied, adjective
unpanoplied, adjective Unabridged
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panoply (ˈpænəplɪ)
n , pl -plies
1.  a complete or magnificent array
2.  the entire equipment of a warrior
[C17: via French from Greek panoplia complete armour, from pan- + hopla armour, pl of hoplon tool]

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Main Entry:  panoply1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a complete and magnificent array
Etymology:  Greek pan- + hopla 'armor'
Main Entry:  panoply2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a full suit of armor; a complete defense or covering
Etymology:  Greek pan- + hopla 'armor''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin & History

1576, from Gk. panoplia "complete suit of armor," from pan- "all" + hopla (pl.) "arms" of a hoplites ("heavily armed soldier"). Originally fig., of "spiritual armor," etc. (allusion to Eph. vi); non-armorial sense of "any splendid array" first recorded 1829.
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Example sentences
Bald eagles, osprey, a panoply of duck species and other water birds make
  frequent appearances.
Or maybe, beholding such a panoply of strange religious art, he was simply
Sights and sounds fill the world, presenting a panoply of possible foci for the
Out of that dynamic comes the panoply of displays used by males to convey
  reproductive desirability.
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