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hau·berk

 (hô′bərk)
n.
A long tunic made of chain mail.

[Middle English, from Old French hauberc, of Germanic origin; see kwel- in Indo-European roots.]

hauberk

(ˈhɔːbɜːk)
n
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a long coat of mail, often sleeveless
[C13: from Old French hauberc, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German halsberc, Old English healsbeorg, from heals neck + beorg protection, shelter]

hau•berk

(ˈhɔ bɜrk)

n.
a medieval tunic of chain mail worn for defense.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French hauberc, earlier halberc < Frankish *halsberg=*hals neck (see hawse) + *berg protection (see harbor)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hauberk - a long (usually sleeveless) tunic of chain mail formerly worn as defensive armorhauberk - a long (usually sleeveless) tunic of chain mail formerly worn as defensive armor
chain armor, chain armour, chain mail, ring armor, ring armour, ring mail, mail - (Middle Ages) flexible armor made of interlinked metal rings
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Priests were passing in processions, beating their dreary tambourines; police and custom-house officers with pointed hats encrusted with lac and carrying two sabres hung to their waists; soldiers, clad in blue cotton with white stripes, and bearing guns; the Mikado's guards, enveloped in silken doubles, hauberks and coats of mail; and numbers of military folk of all ranks--for the military profession is as much respected in Japan as it is despised in China--went hither and thither in groups and pairs.
Ancient hauberk, date of the sixth century, time of King Arthur and the Round Table; said to have belonged to the knight Sir Sagramor le Desirous; ob- serve the round hole through the chain-mail in the left breast; can't be accounted for; supposed to have been done with a bullet since invention of firearms -- per- haps maliciously by Cromwell's soldiers.
This primeval vestment reached from the throat to the knees, and served at once all the usual purposes of body-clothing; there was no wider opening at the collar, than was necessary to admit the passage of the head, from which it may be inferred, that it was put on by slipping it over the head and shoulders, in the manner of a modern shirt, or ancient hauberk.
Sancho gave him many thanks, and again kissing his hand and the skirt of his hauberk, helped him to mount Rocinante, and mounting his ass himself, proceeded to follow his master, who at a brisk pace, without taking leave, or saying anything further to the ladies belonging to the coach, turned into a wood that was hard by.