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  • n. Defensive armor used for the entire body and often for the horse, also, especially the linked mail or scale armor of some eastern nations.
  • n. A horseman covered with a cataphract.
  • n. The armor or plate covering some fishes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Defensive armor used for the whole body and often for the horse, also, esp. the linked mail or scale armor of some eastern nations.
  • n. A horseman covered with a cataphract.
  • n. The armor or plate covering some fishes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ancient defensive armor composed of scales of metal or other material sewed to a garment of leather or stuff, and covering often the whole body and the limbs, but not the head, upon which a helmet of another material was placed.
  • n. In zoology, the armor of plates or strong scales protecting some animals.
  • Fenced in; provided with bulwarks or a protecting covering; covered; protected: as, a cataphract war-galley.
  • Same as cataphracted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. armor that protects the wearer's whole body


From Ancient Greek κατάφρακτος (katáphraktos, "fully covered, protected, fully armored"); from κατά ("fully, completely") + φρακτός ("fenced, protected"), from φράσσω ("I fence/secure/fortify, I block") (Wiktionary)


  • It also received several blows of the sword on the face, but, wearing as it did a cataphract made of sinew, it was not hurt, nor were the blows effective.

    De Re Militari: The Society for Medieval Military History » The Campaigns of Emperor Herakleios (620-6), according to the Chronicle of Theophanes Confessor

  • One day a cataphract sent his jack, Voro by name, with a question: Has my wife taken a lover?


  • One of the guests seated before me was a cataphract named Sire Vafra, a follower of King Corvus.


  • Galan had chosen to fight, though he knew as well as anyone that a cataphract without a horse draws enemies as a carcass draws flies.


  • In the morning a cataphract from Ardor had the audacity to stare at Sire Galan as he marched along.


  • He spoke to one cataphract or another to give them encouragement, but he had not the ease to make other men easy, as our king did—had done, when he was alive.


  • He said Sire Galan had spoken up when this cataphract eyed him, saying he wondered why he gazed so discourteously.


  • The cataphract and armiger were given more honorable deaths.


  • One cataphract from the clan of Lynx slipped away with his armiger, horseboy, and jack, and when he was caught the king made no more speeches of good riddance.


  • In those old "aphract" vessels the upper tier of rowers had to sit exposed on their benches with no real protection from the enemy's darts; but in the new "cataphract" ships like the "Invincible" there is a stout solid bulwark built up to shield the oarsmen from hostile sight and missiles alike.

    A Day in Old Athens; a Picture of Athenian Life


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