lorica(redirected from Lorica (disambiguation))
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
n. pl. lo·ri·cae (-sē)
1. Zoology A protective external shell or case, as of a rotifer or any of certain other microscopic organisms.
2. A cuirass or corselet worn by Roman soldiers.
[Latin lōrīca, leather cuirass, perhaps from lōrum, thong.]
lor′i·cate′ (lôr′ĭ-kāt′, lŏr′-), lor′i·ca′ted (-kā′tĭd) adj.
n, pl -cae (-siː; -kiː)
1. (Zoology) the hard outer covering of rotifers, ciliate protozoans, and similar organisms
2. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) an ancient Roman cuirass of leather or metal
[C18: from New Latin, from Latin: leather cuirass; related to lōrum thong]
loricate, ˈloriˌcated adj
lo•ri•ca(ləˈraɪ kə, lɔ-, loʊ-)
n., pl. -cae (-sē, -kē).
1. a hard protective case or sheath, as the protective coverings secreted by certain protists.
2. a cuirass or corselet, orig. of leather.
[1700–10; < New Latin, Latin lōrīca corselet, perhaps akin to lōrum thong]