cuirass :

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  • n  medieval body armor that covers the chest and back

  • It showed the old hero in a cuirass and heavy whiskers; an Oriental headdress covered the scalp preserved to him and Virginia by the love of Pocahontas.
  • Across the stage marched a slightly nervous miss wearing a plumed helmet and a cuirass above a skimpy bath-suit, carrying a sword and shield.
  • One doughty West Berliner defied both the general's edict and the guns by taking his usual morning dip clad in trunks, a medieval cuirass and a stahlhelm (see cut).

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