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- 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.
 The terminal 'pe' is short for pus, (pous!) and 'phalero,' from phalera, fringes -- "Fringe-foot" (Morris).