Definition of cataphract
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
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Origin and Etymology of cataphract
Latin cataphractes, from Greek kataphraktēs, from kataphraktos covered, armored, from kataphrassein to protect, fortify, from kata- cata- + phrassein to enclose — more at farce
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