American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A helmet, especially an ornate visorless headpiece of the 16th century.
- n. Zoology A helmetlike structure or protuberance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A helmet of any kind.
- n. In zoology, some process or formation on the head resembling a helmet; a galea. Especially applied in ornithology to the horn of the bill of the horn-bills, and to the frontal boss or shield of various birds, as coots, gallinules, and sundry species of the family Icteridæ. The head of the cassowary, Casuarius galeatus, offers a good example. See cut under
- n. A visorless helmet.
- n. A hard structure on the head of some birds, such as the hornbill or cassowary.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A piece of defensive or ornamental armor (with or without a vizor) for the head and neck; a helmet.
- n. (15-16th century) any armor for the head; usually ornate without a visor
- From French casque. (Wiktionary)
- French, from Spanish casco; see cask. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Rocks that are cruel and relentless as the surges that sweep over them in stormy weather, and which are so quaintly named from their helmet, or "casque" - like resemblance -- rocks, concerning which the poet Swinburne has sung in his eloquent verse, that breathes the very spirit of the sea in depicting the strife of the elements:”
“On top of the head is a "casque" - a helmet-like growth of tough skin.”
“The bony helmet on his head, called a casque, is distinctively bent and on one side appears rectangular.”
“It is an elegant example of what the French call a casque bourgignon, a Burgundian helmet of distinctive design that was the choice of kings and noblemen—a handsome, high-crowned helmet with a comb and helm forged from a single piece of metal.5 Above the helmet is a large plume of white feathers called a panache—the origin of our modern word.”
“It is an elegant example of what the French call a casque bourgignon, a Burgundian helmet of distinctive design that was the choice of kings and noblemen -- a handsome, high-crowned helmet with a comb and helm forged from a single piece of metal.”
“He is equipped with huge spear and broad brass-bound leather shield; his casque is a tiger's head with bull's horns; he wears a scarlet cloak with gold brooch over a lion's skin with the claws dangling; his feet are in sandals with brass ornaments; his shins are in brass greaves; and his bristling military moustache glistens with oil.”
“Some wore a corselet of pieces of hard wood laced together with bear grass, so as to form a light coat of mail, pliant to the body; and a kind of casque of cedar bark, leather, and bear grass, sufficient to protect the head from an arrow or war club.”
“a kind of casque of cedar bark, leather, and bear grass, sufficient to protect the head from an arrow or war club.”
“Jackie Nickerson Vivion Afifi holds up his casque colonial.”
“Father Daniel defines a Salet to be a sort of light casque, without a crest, sometimes having a visor, and being sometimes without one.”
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