hauberk

[ 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
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hauberk

/ (ˈhɔːbɜːk) /

noun

a long coat of mail, often sleeveless

Word Origin for hauberk

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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