buckler

[ buhk-ler ]
/ ˈbʌk lər /

noun

a round shield held by a grip and sometimes having straps through which the arm is passed.
any means of defense; protection.

verb (used with object)

to be a shield to; support; defend.

Origin of buckler

1250–1300; Middle English bokeler < Anglo-French, Middle French bocler, equivalent to bocle boss2 + -er -er2
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buckler

/ (ˈbʌklə) /

noun

a small round shield worn on the forearm or held by a short handle
a means of protection; defence

verb

(tr) archaic to defend

Word Origin for buckler

C13: from Old French bocler, from bocle shield boss; see buckle, boss ²
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