"coat-of-mail," center English, from Latin cataphractes "breastplate of iron scales," from Greek kataphraktes "coat of mail," from kataphraktos "covered up," from kataphrassein "to fortify," from kata "entirely" (see cata-) + phrassein "to fence around, enclose, protect" (see diaphragm).
armor that protects the wearer's body
- Defensive armor employed for your whole human body and often for the horse, additionally, esp. the connected mail or scale armor of some east nations.
- A horseman covered with a cataphract.
- The armor or plate covering some fishes.