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cuirass


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cuirass  \Cui*rass"\  (kw[-e]*r[.a]s",  or  kw[=e]"r[a^]s;  277),  n.; 
  pl  {Cuirasses}(-[e^]z).  [F.  cuirasse,  orig.,  a  breastplate 
  of  leather,  for  OF  cuir['e]e,  cuirie  influenced  by  It 
  corazza  or  Sp  coraza,  fr  an  assumed  LL  coriacea,  fr  L. 
  coriaceus,  adj.,  of  leather,  fr  corium  leather,  hide;  akin 
  to  Gr  cho`rion  intestinal  membrane,  OSlav.  skora  hide,  Lith. 
  skura  hide,  leather.  Cf  {Coriaceous}.] 
  1. 
  a  A  piece  of  defensive  armor,  covering  the  body  from  the 
  neck  to  the  girdle. 
  b  The  breastplate  taken  by  itself 
 
  Note:  The  cuirass  covered  the  body  before  and  behind.  It 
  consisted  of  two  parts  a  breast-  and  backpiece  of  iron 
  fastened  together  by  means  of  straps  and  buckles  or 
  other  like  contrivances.  It  was  originally,  as  the  name 
  imports,  made  of  leather,  but  afterward  of  metal. 
  --Grose. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l)  An  armor  of  bony  plates,  somewhat  resembling  a 
  cuirass. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cuirass 
  n  :  medieval  body  armor  that  covers  the  chest  and  back 




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