(?), n. [OF. gorgete, dim. of gorge throat. See Gorge, n.] 1. A piece of armor, whether of chain mail or of plate, defending the throat and upper part of the breast, and forming a part of the double breastplate of the 14th century.
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2. A piece of plate armor covering the same parts and worn over the buff coat in the 17th century, and without other steel armor.
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Unfix the gorget's iron clasp.
Sir W. Scott.
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3. A small ornamental plate, usually crescent-shaped, and of gilded copper, formerly hung around the neck of officers in full uniform in some modern armies.
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4. A ruff worn by women. [Obs.]
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5. (Surg.) (a) A cutting instrument used in lithotomy. (b) A grooved instrunent used in performing various operations; -- called also blunt gorget. Dunglison.
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6. (Zol.) A crescent-shaped, colored patch on the neck of a bird or mammal.
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Gorget hummer (Zol.), a humming bird of the genus Trochilus. See Rubythroat.
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