cataphract

noun cat·a·phract \ˈkatəˌfrakt\

Definition of cataphract

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  a suit of armor for the whole body :  coat of mail

  2. 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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