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: L, origin, originally , corselet of thongs from lorum, a thong: see lore
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noun pl. lo·ri·cae
- Zoology A protective external shell or case, as of a rotifer or any of certain other microscopic animals.
- A cuirass or corselet worn by Roman soldiers.
Origin: Latin lōrīca, leather cuirass, perhaps from lōrum, thong.
- lorˈi·cateˌ , lorˈi·caˌted adjective