Cuirass meaning

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(zoology) A protective covering of bony plates or scales.
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A piece of closefitting armor for protecting the breast and back, orig. made of leather.
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The breastplate of such armor.
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(zool.) A protective structure of bony plates.
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To cover with or as with a cuirass.
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A piece of defensive armor, covering the body from the neck to the girdle.
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The breastplate taken by itself.
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Origin of cuirass

  • Middle English curas from Old French curasse probably alteration (influenced by Old French cuir leather) of Old Provençal coirassa from Late Latin coriācea (vestis) leather (garment) feminine of coriāceus from Latin corium hide sker-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French cuirace, see Modern french cuirasse.

    From Wiktionary