n.1.One who, or that which, carries a shield.
2.(Zool.) Any small moth of the genus Aspidisca, whose larva makes a shieldlike covering for itself out of bits of leaves.
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Shield-boys seem to be Middleton's innovation in masquing, but a shield-bearer carried the shield of a warrior or king.
The texts are Erasmus' 1524 A Discussion or Discourse concerning Free Will; Luther's 1525 critique of it, The Enslaved Will; and Erasmus' response, The Shield-Bearer Defending, published in two parts in 1526 and 1527.
Since "orsa" means she-bear in Italian, the Rosenbergs adopted the animals as shield-bearers on their coat of arms.