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- n. a lightly-armoured military unit in Ancient Greece, who often served the purpose of distracting the foe from the frontline while holding an aspis and a spear, allowing the more mobile cavalry to strike the enemy from the flanks.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A shield-bearer or armor-bearer.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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 Ancient Greek ὑπασπιστής ("shield bearer"). (Wiktionary)