[luh-rahy-kuh, law-, loh-]
noun, plural lo·ri·cae [luh-rahy-see, -kee, law-, loh-] /ləˈraɪ si, -ki, lɔ-, loʊ-/.
Zoology. a hard protective case or sheath, as the protective coverings secreted by certain protists.
a cuirass or corselet, originally of leather.
Origin of lorica
1700–10; (def 1) < New Latin, special use of Latin lōrīca corselet (orig. of leather), akin to lōrum thong; (def 2) < Latin
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Historical Examples of lorica
Lorica, lo-rī′ka, n. in ancient Rome, a cuirass made of thongs—also Lor′ic (Browning).
Panza, abdomen, alvus; whence Panzeria, lorica qu ventrem tegit.
The body is often provided with not-living external formations “stalk” and “theca” (or “lorica”).
The animal is attached, as in the closely allied genus Tintinnus, by a peduncle to the bottom of the lorica.
Sometimes the mouth becomes twisted and the lorica is therefore bilateral.
British Dictionary definitions for lorica
noun plural -cae (-siː, -kiː)
Derived Formsloricate (ˈlɒrɪˌkeɪt) or loricated, adjective
the hard outer covering of rotifers, ciliate protozoans, and similar organisms
an ancient Roman cuirass of leather or metal
Word Origin for lorica
C18: from New Latin, from Latin: leather cuirass; related to lōrum thong
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