- an open, conical helmet with a nose guard, commonly used in the medieval period.
- any helmet-shaped head covering.
- Zoology. a process or formation on the head, resembling a helmet.
Origin of casque
Examples from the Web for casque
Historical Examples of casque
Tymbre is the general word used for the casque or helm by the French.
Its visor was up, and what I saw within the casque is stamped for ever on my memory.Scottish Ghost Stories
In this species the casque or excrescence on the upper mandible is very slight.Birds of the Indian Hills
It represented the Cardinal-Generalissimo wearing a casque surrounded by laurels.Cinq Mars, Complete
Alfred de Vigny
The coif can treat better with the cowl than the casque can do.Anne of Geierstein
- zoology a helmet or a helmet-like process or structure, as on the bill of most hornbills
Word Origin for casque
"armor for the head," 1570s, from French casque (see cask).