from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In Greek antiquity, a shield-bearer or an armorbearer; an esquire; in the Macedonian army, one of a royal guard of light-armed foot-soldiers, so called from their shields.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (Gr. Antiq.) A shield-bearer or armor-bearer.
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- noun a lightly-armoured
military unitin Ancient Greece, who often served the purpose of distracting the foe from the frontlinewhile holding an aspisand a spear, allowing the more mobile cavalryto strike the enemy from the flanks.
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From Ancient Greek ὑπασπιστής ("shield bearer").
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