Cui*rass"(kw*rs", kw"rs; 277), n.;
The cuirass covered the body before and behind. It consisted of two parts, a breast- and backpiece of iron fastened together by means of straps and buckles or other like contrivances. It was originally, as the name imports, made of leather, but afterward of metal.
(Zol) An armor of bony plates, somewhat resembling a cuirass.
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