cataphract

noun
cat·​a·​phract | \ ˈkatəˌfrakt\
plural -s

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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History and Etymology for cataphract

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

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