Definitions

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  • n. A small shield, especially one of an approximately elliptical form, or crescent-shaped.
  • n. A flat apothecium having no rim.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small shield, especially one of an approximately elliptic form, or crescent-shaped.
  • n. A flat apothecium having no rim.

from The 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.

Etymologies

Latin, a shield, from Ancient Greek πέλτη (peltē, "shield"). (Wiktionary)

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