- protective covering used to prevent injury to the body
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Examples from the Web for body armour
The body-armour (C11) may have been brought to Spain by Philip.Spanish Arms and Armour
Albert F. Calvert
Occasionally the misricorde was fixed to the body-armour by a staple; or, more rarely, it was connected with a gypcire or pouch.
To a soldiery with whom body-armour appears to have been a secondary consideration, the Shield would be of the first consequence.
From Giraldus Cambrensis we learn that the Irish in the twelfth century wore no body-armour.
It has been held to mean the kind of cloth called "muster-develers:" a body-armour seems implied.