cataphract

noun

cat·​a·​phract
ˈkatəˌfrakt
plural -s
1
: a suit of armor for the whole body : coat of mail
2
[Latin cataphractus, literally, armored, from Greek kataphraktos] : a soldier wearing a cataphract

Word History

Etymology

Latin cataphractes, from Greek kataphraktēs, from kataphraktos covered, armored, from kataphrassein to protect, fortify, from kata- cata- + phrassein to enclose

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“Cataphract.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cataphract. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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