lo·ri·ca (lô-rīkə, 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.]
lori·cate′ (lôrĭ-kāt′, lŏr-), lori·ca′ted (-kā′tĭd) adj.
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