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Meaning of CUIRASS

Pronunciation:  kwi'ras

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  medieval body armor that covers the chest and back

CUIRASS is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 See Also: backplate, body armor, body armour, cataphract, coat of mail, suit of armor, suit of armour



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cui*rass"\ (kw[-e]*r[.a]s", or kw[=e]"r[a^]s; 277), n.;
pl. {Cuirasses}(-[e^]z). [F. cuirasse, orig., a breastplate
of leather, for OF. cuir['e]e, cuirie influenced by It.
corazza, or Sp. coraza, fr. an assumed LL. coriacea, fr. L.
coriaceus, adj., of leather, fr. corium leather, hide; akin
to Gr. cho`rion intestinal membrane, OSlav. skora hide, Lith.
skura hide, leather. Cf. {Coriaceous}.]
   (a) A piece of defensive armor, covering the body from the
       neck to the girdle.
   (b) The breastplate taken by itself.

Note: The cuirass covered the body before and behind. It
      consisted of two parts, a breast- and backpiece of iron
      fastened together by means of straps and buckles or
      other like contrivances. It was originally, as the name
      imports, made of leather, but afterward of metal.

2. (Zo["o]l) An armor of bony plates, somewhat resembling a