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hypaspist

[hi-pas-pist, hahy-]
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noun
  1. a shield bearer, especially one of a special unit of light infantry in the Macedonian army.

Origin of hypaspist

1820–30; < Greek hypaspistḗs shield bearer, equivalent to hyp- hyp- + aspis shield + -tēs noun suffix
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