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  • Defensive armor used for the whole body and often for the horse, also, esp. the linked mail or scale armor of some eastern nations.
  • A horseman covered with a cataphract.
  • The armor or plate covering some fishes.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



Cat"a*phract (k&act;t"&ador;*frăkt), n. [L. cataphractes, Gr. &?;, fr. &?; covered, fr. &?; to cover; kata` down, wholly + fra`ssein to inclose.] 1. (Mil. Antiq.) Defensive armor used for the whole body and often for the horse, also, esp. the linked mail or scale armor of some eastern nations.

2. A horseman covered with a cataphract.

Archers and slingers, cataphracts, and spears.
Milton.

3. (Zoöl.) The armor or plate covering some fishes.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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