Cat"a*phract (?), n. [L. cataphractes, Gr. , fr. covered, fr. to cover; down, wholly + 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.


A horseman covered with a cataphract.

Archers and slingers, cataphracts, and spears. Milton.

3. Zool.

The armor or plate covering some fishes.


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