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- n. A type of round shield borne by ancient Greek soldiers
- n. An asp or generic venomous snake
- n. A prominent ring of thickened exine around a pore on a pollen grain
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as asp or aspic. Also used as a generic term.
- n. A genus of coleopterous insects. Germar.
- n. A genus of lepidopterous insects.
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- n. horned vipers
Common reptile species include asp viper Vipera aspis, viviparous lizard Lacerta vivipara, wall lizard Podarcis muralis and the green lizard Lacerta viridis.
An enormous and heavy shield—the aspis or hoplon—some three feet in diameter covered half the body and completed the panoply.
The generic appellations of the several species of Ferns are derived thus: _Aspidium_, from _aspis_, a shield, because the spores are enclosed in bosses; _Pteris_, from _pteerux_, a wing, having doubly pinnate fronds; or from _pteron_, a feather, having feathery fronds;
Asp can be carried back to the _aspis_ of the Romans, no trace being found in the dim vistas of preceding tongues.
The viper mentioned in Acts 28: 3 was probably the vipera aspis, or the Mediterranean viper.
The use of the aspis in Homer, therefore, throws no suspicion on the concomitant use of the corslet.
The shield ([Greek: aspis]), we are told by followers of Reichel, was only worn by princes who could afford to keep chariots, charioteers, and squires of the body to arm and disarm them.
On the other hand, the archers of the Algonquins in their wars with the Iroquois, about 1610, used clubs and tomahawks but no spears, no missiles but arrows, and their leather shield was precisely the [Greek: amphibrotae aspis] of Homer, "covering the whole of a man."
In _Iliad_, II. 388, the shield (_aspis_) is spoken of as "covering a man about" ([Greek: _amphibrotae_]), while, in the heat of battle, the baldric (_telamon_), or belt of the shield, "shall be wet with sweat."
Latin, is properly an adjective here, with chiton understood; cf.Wisd. xviii. 24: poderes enduma, and Xenophon, Cyrop.vi. 2, 10: aspis poderes, a shield reaching down to the feet, such as the thureos