lorica[lō rī′kə, lə-]
- the cuirass worn by a soldier of ancient Rome
- a hard, protective shell or other covering around certain invertebrates
Origin of loricaClassical Latin origin, originally , corselet of thongs ; from lorum, a thong: see lore
- Zoology A protective external shell or case, as of a rotifer or any of certain other microscopic organisms.
- A cuirass or corselet worn by Roman soldiers.
Origin of loricaLatin lōrīca, leather cuirass, perhaps from lōrum, thong.
- lor′i·cate′ , lor′i·ca′ted
Latin, literally "a corselet of thongs", from lorum (“thong”).