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plastron

[plas-truh n] /ˈplæs trən/
noun
1.
a piece of plate armor for the upper part of the torso in front.
2.
Fencing. a quilted pad worn over part of the torso, for protection.
3.
an ornamental front piece of a woman's bodice.
4.
the starched front of a shirt.
5.
Zoology. the ventral part of the shell of a turtle.
Origin of plastron
1500-1510
1500-10; < Middle French < Italian piastrone, augmentative of piastra metal plate, piaster. See plaster
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plastron

/ˈplæstrən/
noun
1.
the bony plate forming the ventral part of the shell of a tortoise or turtle
Derived Forms
plastral, adjective
Word Origin
C16: via French from Italian piastrone, from piastra breastplate, from Latin emplastrumplaster
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Word Origin and History for plastron
n.

c.1500, from Middle French plastron "breastplate," from Italian piastrone, augmentative of piastra "breastplate, thin metal plate" (see piaster). As an animal part, from 1813; as an article of dress, 1876.

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