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cataphract


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cataphract  \Cat"a*phract\,  n.  [L.  cataphractes,  Gr  ?,  fr  ? 
  covered,  fr  ?  to  cover;  kata`  down  wholly  +  ?  to  inclose.] 
  1.  (Mil.  Antiq.)  Defensive  armor  used  for  the  whole  body  and 
  often  for  the  horse,  also  esp.  the  linked  mail  or  scale 
  armor  of  some  eastern  nations. 
 
  2.  A  horseman  covered  with  a  cataphract. 
 
  Archers  and  slingers,  cataphracts,  and  spears. 
  --Milton. 
 
  3.  (Zo["o]l.)  The  armor  or  plate  covering  some  fishes. 




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