Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A piece of armor that protected the breast of a horse. The use of the poitrel lingered long after the other parts of the bards had been abandoned.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anc. Armor), obsolete The breastplate of the armor of a horse. See peytrel.
“A jeTsel or other ornament to bang about one's neck, a poitrel of a horje.”
Internet Archive: Archaeologia Britannica, giving some account additional to what has been hitherto publish'd, of the languages, histories and customs of the original inhabitants of Great Britain: : from collections and observations in travels through Wales, Cornwal, Bas-Bretagne, Ireland and Scotland.
“For every stud of silver on his casque of bronze he must have fought in a pitched battle; and for each tuft of hair upon his charger’s poitrel he must have slain a foe in hand-to-hand encounter.”
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