Coat of Mail


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Coat of Mail

 

ancient and medieval defensive armor to protect the body. In a narrow sense, the term referred to a form of chain armor, although the latter differed from a coat of mail by having smaller rings and closer interweaving.

References in classic literature ?
Besides this, she had a fancy to pass through Alencon so elegantly equipped that no one could recognize her; to put her mother above the reach of necessity, and also to send to poor Athanase, in a delicate manner, a sum of money,--which in our age is to genius what in the middle ages was the charger and the coat of mail that Rebecca conveyed to Ivanhoe.
The Noble female RHINOCEROS or real UNICORN: A Work of Nature not to be parallel'd, being upwards of Seventy Hundred Weight; was taken from the Great Mogul by the famous Kouli Kan, and has had the Honour of being shewn before his present Majesty, and all the Royal Family; having travelled a thousand Leagues by Land, through the Great Mogul's Dominions, to Bengal, in a natural Coat of Mail or Armour, having a large Horn on her Nose, three Hoofs on each Foot and a Hide thick stuck with Scales Pistol Proof, and so surprisingly folded as not to hinder its Motions; being the only compleat Animal of its Kin, ever shewn in Europe before, and never shewn in these Parts.
Editor Michael Neill notes that "[p]resumably Cassio is wearing beneath his doublet a protective coat of mail (or 'privy coat') .
habreioun (OED) variant spelling of habergeon, in 1380 quote at jack, a coat of mail or armor