phalera

noun phal·era \ ˈfalərə \

Definition of phalera

plural phalerae \-əˌrē, -ˌrī\
:a metal boss or disk (as of bronze or silver) worn in ancient times on the heads or breasts of horses or sometimes by men as signs of military rank; also :a cameo worn as an ornament

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Origin and Etymology of phalera

Latin, from Greek phalara, plural; akin to Greek phalos horn of a helmet and probably to Sanskrit hvarate he bends, hruṇāti he gets lost


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