- 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
Examples from the Web for lorica
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.Ancient Armour and Weapons in Europe
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.
The animals are similarly fastened to the lorica, sometimes directly, sometimes by means of a short stalk.
- the hard outer covering of rotifers, ciliate protozoans, and similar organisms
- an ancient Roman cuirass of leather or metal