hypaspist

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ὑπασπιστής (hupaspistḗs, shield bearer).

Noun[edit]

hypaspist (plural hypaspists or hypaspistai)

  1. a lightly-armoured military unit in Ancient Greece, who often served the purpose of distracting the foe from the frontline while holding an aspis and a spear, allowing the more mobile cavalry to strike the enemy from the flanks.