- the cuirass worn by a soldier of ancient Rome
- a hard, protective shell or other covering around certain invertebrates
Origin of loricaL, 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
- (historical) A cuirass, originally of leather, afterward of plates of metal or horn sewed on linen or the like.
- (zoology) The protective case or shell of an infusorian or rotifer.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
Latin, literally "a corselet of thongs", from lorum (“thong").