cataphract

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek κατάφρακτος (katáphraktos, fully covered, protected, fully armored); from κατά (katá, fully, completely) + φρακτός (phraktós, fenced, protected), from φράσσω (phrássō, I fence/secure/fortify, I block)

Noun[edit]

cataphract (plural cataphracts)

  1. Defensive armor used for the entire body and often for the horse, also, especially the linked mail or scale armor of some eastern nations.
  2. A horseman covered with a cataphract.
  3. The armor or plate covering some fishes.