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byrnie

[bur-nee]
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noun Armor.
  1. a coat of mail; hauberk.
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Origin of byrnie

1325–75; Middle English byrny, Scottish variant of brynie, brinie < Old Norse brynja, cognate with Old English byrne coat of mail, Old High German brunnia
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Historical Examples

  • But Blacktooth's byrnie was good, nor did the sword bite into it.

    Eric Brighteyes

    H. Rider Haggard

  • He had but one arm, for the other was hewn from him, and the byrnie on his left side was red with blood.

    Eric Brighteyes

    H. Rider Haggard

  • It entered his side through a cleft in his byrnie and pierced him deep.

    Eric Brighteyes

    H. Rider Haggard

  • The defensive armour consisted of helmet, shield, and byrnie.

  • It is true that only one trace of a byrnie, and that apparently not of ring-mail, has so far been found in an Anglo-Saxon grave.

    Beowulf

    R. W. Chambers


British Dictionary definitions for byrnie

byrnie

noun
  1. an archaic word for coat of mail
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Word Origin

Old English byrne; related to Old Norse brynja, Gothic brunjō, Old High German brunnia coat of mail, Old Irish bruinne breast
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