phalera

noun
phal·​era | \ ˈfalərə \
plural phalerae\ -​əˌrē , -​ˌrī \

Definition of phalera

: 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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History and Etymology for 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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“Phalera.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phalera. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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