from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. in ancient Greece, a metal medallion worn by men or used to ornament the harness of a horse

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A metal disk or boss worn on the breast as an ornament by men, especially as a military decoration, or used to adorn the harness of horses.


From Latin phalerae, from Ancient Greek φάλαρα (plural of φάλαρον). (Wiktionary)


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