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Lorica \Lo*ri"ca\, n.; pl. Loric[ae]. [L., lit., a corselet of thongs, fr. lorum thong.]

  1. (Anc. Armor) A cuirass, originally of leather, afterward of plates of metal or horn sewed on linen or the like.

  2. (Chem.) Lute[1] for protecting vessels from the fire.

  3. (Zo["o]l.) The protective case or shell of an infusorian or rotifer.

  1. n. a hard protective sheath as secreted by certain protoctists e.g.

  2. [also: loricae (pl)]


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