Hypaspist definition

A lightly-armoured military unit in Ancient Greece, who often served the purpose of distracting the foe from the frontline while holding an aspis and a spear, allowing the more mobile cavalry to strike the enemy from the flanks.
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Noun

Singular:
hypaspist
Plural:
hypaspistai, hypaspists

Origin of hypaspist

  • From Ancient Greek ὑπασπιστής (hupaspistēs, “shield bearer”).

    From Wiktionary