casque

noun
\ ˈkask \

Definition of casque 

1 : a piece of armor for the head : helmet

2 : an anatomical structure (such as the horny outgrowth on the head of a cassowary) suggestive of a helmet

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But then, Keller made his own discovery: Someone else claimed to have found the New Orleans casque. Chelsea Brasted, NOLA.com, "There's a secret treasure in New Orleans. We may have found it," 9 Apr. 2018 Native people in Borneo have carved hornbill casques into ornaments for at least 2,000 years. National Geographic, "These Rare Birds Are Being Slaughtered for Their 'Ivory'," 16 Mar. 2016 Elsewhere among the amphibious hoppers, mother casque headed frogs, of the Hemiphractus genus, adhere their eggs directly onto the skin. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "5 Animals That Carry Babies On Their Backs," 11 Mar. 2017 The casque is carved into decorative products and jewelry, and can bring in more money per gram than elephant ivory. National Geographic, "Ivory and Hornbill Smuggling Attempt Foiled," 22 May 2016 Elsewhere among the amphibious hoppers, mother casque headed frogs, of the Hemiphractus genus, adhere their eggs directly onto the skin. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "5 Animals That Carry Babies On Their Backs," 11 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of casque

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for casque

Middle French — more at cask

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