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 (lô-rī′kə, lō-)
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


(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]
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Noun1.lorica - a hard protective sheath (as secreted by certain protoctists, for example)lorica - a hard protective sheath (as secreted by certain protoctists, for example)
sheath, case - an enveloping structure or covering enclosing an animal or plant organ or part
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From a number of loricas that came down to us from ancient times and more recently it is very clear that they were very popular and also you can find their influence in native prayers that are not related directly to protection.
Paul uses the metaphor of the Roman soldier to bring to fruition his notion of spiritual fulfilment and we are going to see again and again these military metaphors used in the lorica. While defense and everything related to it are at the core of the loricas, the theme is broadened considerably in the particular text.
loricas of tintinnid species show high levels of polymorphism (Laval-Peuto and Brownlee 1986).
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However their loricas lack ornamentation and spines as is present in females (Fig.
Then adding a drop of sodium hipochloride, and wait until the lorica was dissolved.
The Segontium Roman Museum in Caernarfon has sereplica Loricas - the armour worn by the Roman soldiers and helmets.
The loricas were invocations on behalf of self or others in which one was "clothed" or shielded with the power of God and the saints.
For example, some rotifers are less susceptible to Daphnia because of size, elongated spines, sturdy loricas, or rapid escape responses (Gilbert 1988a, b, Jack and Gilbert 1993).