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1. (Animals) Also called: horned viper an African poisonous snake of the genus Cerastes with a thick scale over each eye
2. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a shield used in Ancient Greece
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Noun1.aspis - horned vipersAspis - horned vipers        
reptile genus - a genus of reptiles
family Viperidae, Viperidae - Old World vipers
cerastes, Cerastes cornutus, horned asp, horned viper, sand viper - highly venomous viper of northern Africa and southwestern Asia having a horny spine above each eye
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Jeff Cooper defined as "hoplophobia" (from the Greek hoplon, or weapon), is for the most part, parroted by the student body.
IBM said Brazilian online game company Hoplon Infotainment, which provides software for message passing and physics simulation in online worlds, is also involved.
His cardinal achievement here was the word "hoplophobia," to define an irrational fear of weapons, deriving from the Greek Hoplon. Jeff lived long enough to see his word enter the dictionary.
(20) Words such as hoplon, boeus, and speira were employed much
`Hoplites are troops who take their name from their shields'.(1) `The individual infantryman took his name, hoplites, from the hoplon or shield'.(2) Such is the orthodox view.
(1.) The idea that hoplites did derive their name from their shield--which is to say that there was a specific shield-type called the hoplon that generated the word hoplites as a description of its bearer--is indeed received wisdom on the subject amongst modern scholars.
Unfortunately for present purposes, neither hoplon (in singular or plural) nor hoplites were the sort of terms that lexicographers and scholiasts were interested in defining; and by the same token, when hoplites first appear in the surviving sources, in the fifth century (see [sections] 6 below), they do so as a phenomenon needing--reasonably enough--no introduction.
Under the LS-J definition of hoplon as `shield' one is referred to eight passages, five in literary texts and three in inscriptions.
(For hoplon as breastplate see below.) Taking the view that neither, in all honesty, makes much sense, we leave that question open.
He is fighting aboard ship in a battle with a transport vessel and wielding a weapon or implement (hoplon) that is both a spear and a scythe--let us call it a halbert.
And then one line or the other breaks, and the first thing you fling is your 30 pound hoplon, chuck it at the guy behind you, unsheathing his sword to run you down now that you are running, and you have no armor on your naked back.