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Meaning of cuirass

cui•rass

Pronunciation: (kwi-ras'), [key]
— n.
  1. Also calleddefensive armor for the torso comprising a breastplate and backplate, originally made of leather.
  2. either of the plates forming such armor.
  3. any similar covering, as the protective armor of a ship.
  4. a hard shell or other covering forming an indurated defensive shield.
—v.t.
  1. to equip or cover with a cuirass.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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