cuirass

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noun cui·rass \kwi-ˈras, kyu̇-\

Definition of cuirass

  1. 1 :  a piece of armor covering the body from neck to waist; also :  the breastplate of such a piece

  2. 2 :  something (as bony plates covering an animal) resembling a cuirass

cuirassed

adjective

Origin and Etymology of cuirass

Middle English curas, from Middle French cuirasse, probably from Old Occitan coirassa, from Late Latin coreacea, feminine of coreaceus leathern, from Latin corium skin, leather; akin to Old English heortha deerskin, Latin cortex bark, Greek keirein to cut — more at shear


First Known Use: 15th century


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cuirass

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noun cui·rass \kwi-ˈras, kyu̇-\

Medical Definition of cuirass

  1. 1:  a plaster cast for the trunk and neck

  2. 2:  a respirator that covers the chest or the chest and abdomen and provides artificial respiration by means of an electric pump


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