pauldron

[ pawl-druhn ]
/ ˈpɔl drən /

noun Armor.

a piece of plate armor for the shoulder and the uppermost part of the arm, often overlapping the adjacent parts of the chest and back.

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Origin of pauldron

1400–50; earlier paleron, poleron,late Middle English polron, pollerons (plural) <Middle French espalleron shoulder. See epaulet
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pauldron
/ (ˈpɔːldrən) /

noun

either of two metal plates worn with armour to protect the shoulders

Word Origin for pauldron

C15: from French espauleron, from espaule shoulder; see epaulette
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