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- n. A type of personal armour constructed as series of metallic rings sewn to a fabric or leather foundation.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Iron dinned on helmets, rattled on ringmail, banged the wood of shields and the hardened leather of breastplates.
The ringmail clashed as he pulled it on next, and hung with unexpected weight from his shoulders.
For he was so clad that he had a grey hawberk on him of fine ringmail, and a scarlet coat thereunder embroidered goodly; a big gold ring was on his left arm, a bright basnet on his head; he was girt with a sword, and bare a bow in his hand, and a quiver hung at his back.
I just can't see how, in terms of armor penetration, a suit of leather plus a shield always automatically equals a suit of ringmail.
"An English warrior went into battle with a boar-crested helmet, and a round linden shield, with a byrnie of ringmail ... with two javelins or a single ashen spear some eight or ten feet long, with a long two-edged sword naked or held in an ornamental scabbard ....