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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a close, military outer garment, with short sleeves, and laced tightly over the chest, made of buffalo skin, or other thick and elastic material, worn by soldiers in the 17th century as a defensive covering.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A military coat made of buff-leather, which gradually replaced the buff-jerkin as armor of steel became less common, and was in especial favor at the time of the English civil wars.
  • n. Hence A soldier.

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