Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In classical antiquity, a small and light buckler, as that introduced among the Athenian light-armed troops by Iphicrates, about 392 b. c., to take the place of the heavier shield, in order to increase their efficiency in marching and skirmishing.
- n. In botany, an apothecium of a lichen forming a flat shield without distinct exciple, as in the genus Peltigea; sometimes, also, a scale or bract attached by its middle.
- n. [capitalized] In conchology, a genus of gastropods, now called Runcina.
- n. historical A small shield, especially one of an approximately elliptical form, or crescent-shaped.
- n. botany A flat apothecium having no rim.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Antiq.) A small shield, especially one of an approximately elliptic form, or crescent-shaped.
- n. (Bot.) A flat apothecium having no rim.
- Latin, a shield, from Ancient Greek πέλτη (peltē, "shield"). (Wiktionary)
““Catapult” means “shield-breaker,” “cata” meaning break or penetrate and “pelta” being the name ofthe shield used by the Greek light infantry.”
“For the preceding two years Iphicrates had commanded a body of mercenaries, consisting of peltasts, [So called from the pelta, or kind of shield which they carried.] who had been first organised by Conon after rebuilding the walls of Athens.”
“The chief defensive weapon of the Asiatics was the pelta, or small shield in the form of a crescent; sometimes with, and sometimes with - out its curved side divided by a point into twin concavities.”
“Applied alfo to a ftigma, when it is round and flat, like a pelta.”
“Corallina (Androface) tu* bulofa fimplcx pelta tecminali radiata.”
“14 Peltasts, i.e. light infantry armed with the “pelta” or light shield, instead of the heavy aspis of the hoplite or heavy infantry soldiers.”
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