- a heavily armed war galley of ancient Greece.
- a suit of ancient Roman scale armor for a man or horse.
- Zoology. the bony plates or scales covering the body of certain fishes or reptiles.
Origin of cataphract
1575–85; < Latin cataphractus fully armored < Greek katáphraktos (akin to kataphrássein to clothe fully in armor), equivalent to kata- cata- + phraktós fenced, protectively clothed (phrag- fence + -tos verbal adjective suffix)
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Examples from the Web for cataphract
Cataphract, kat′a-frakt, n. (Milton) a soldier in full armour.
Word Origin and History for cataphract
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