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[haw-burk] /ˈhɔ bɜrk/
noun, Armor.
a long defensive shirt, usually of mail, extending to the knees; byrnie.
Origin of hauberk
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French hauberc, earlier halberc < Frankish *halsberg, equivalent to *hals neck (see hawse) + *berg protection (see harbor); cognate with Old High German halsberc Old English healsbeorg, Old Norse halsbjǫrg Unabridged
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a long coat of mail, often sleeveless
Word Origin
C13: from Old French hauberc, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German halsberc, Old English healsbeorg, from heals neck + beorg protection, shelter
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Word Origin and History for hauberk

c.1300, from Old French hauberc "coat of mail," earlier holberc, from a Germanic source, perhaps Frankish *halsberg, literally "neck-cover" (cf. Old English halsbearh, Old High German halsberc), from *hals "neck" (see collar (n.)) + *bergan "to cover, protect" (see bury).

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