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See also: chainmail
- A flexible defensive armor, made of a mesh of interlinked metal rings.
1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 11:
- Chain mail is formed by a number of iron rings, each ring having four others inserted into it, the whole exhibiting a kind of net work, with circular meshes, every ring separately rivetted; this kind of mail answers to that worn on the ancient breast plates, whence they were denominated loricæ hammatæ, from the rings being hooked together.
- (armor): mail
- (armor): scale mail
a flexible defensive armor
- Chain letters, taken collectively.
chain letters collectively