from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, carries a shield.
  • n. Any small moth of the genus Aspidisca, whose larva makes a shieldlike covering for itself out of bits of leaves.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any one of the small elachistid moths of the genus Coptodisca (formerly Aspidisca), as the resplendent shiold-bearer.


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  • Sometimes numbers are cut back to make a last stand sound even more impressive, like that of the Spartans at Thermopylae or the Gododdin at Catraeth, Clearly only the actual warriors are counted here 300 in both cases, though each warrior would have had at least one shield-bearer with him.

    Early medieval armies: numbers

  • On these occasions, he seats himself in his own savage chair, and is attended by his shield-bearer: who holds over his head a shield of cowhide — in shape like an immense mussel shell — fearfully and wonderfully, after the manner of a theatrical supernumerary.

    Reprinted Pieces

  • Xenophon was left by his shield-bearer, who carried off his shield, but Eurylochus of Lusia63, an


  • As the words died on his lips he took from the hands of his attendant shield-bearer his heavy shield, and there, at his post, unflinchingly fought and fell; not quite alone, for by his side faithfully lingered a favourite youth, and of the


  • The gelding lurches, and Lorn has to fight to hold his seat even as he slashes down with the chaos-aided sabre to cut aside one shield-bearer, and then another.

    Scion of Cyador

  • Ignoring him, Pelopidas darted for the shield-bearer, hurling himself at the man.

    Lion Of Macedon

  • The swordsman must protect the shield-bearer, though he has no shield to defend himself.

    Lion Of Macedon

  • The shield-bearer must protect the swordsman, but has himself no weapon with which to attack.

    Lion Of Macedon

  • Emereck felt like the shield-bearer in "Verrick's Folly" with "seventeen choices and all of them wrong."

    The Harp of Imach Thyssel

  • You came alone to me, with a child for shield-bearer, trusting in my honor.

    The Bull From The Sea


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