pelta definition

  • noun:
    • a tiny guard, specifically one of an approximately elliptical form, or crescent-shaped.
    • A flat apothecium having no rim.
    • a little guard, particularly one of an approximately elliptic form, or crescent-shaped.
    • A flat apothecium having no rim.
    • In traditional antiquity, a little and light buckler, as that introduced one of the Athenian light-armed soldiers by Iphicrates, about 392 b. c., to replace the heavy shield, being increase their effectiveness in marching and skirmishing.
    • In botany, an apothecium of a lichen developing an appartment guard without distinct exciple, such as the genus Peltigea; occasionally, in addition, a scale or bract attached by its middle.
    • [capitalized] In conchology, a genus of gastropods, now called Runcina.

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