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Chain Mail

Chain Mail



(1)   (Middle Ages) flexible armor made of interlinked metal rings


  1. A flexible defensive armor, made of a mesh of interlinked metal rings.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 11,
      Chain mail is formed by a number of iron rings, each ring having four others inserted into it, the whole exhibiting a kind of net work, with circular meshes, every ring separately rivetted; this kind of mail answers to that worn on the ancient breast plates, whence they were denominated loricæ hammatæ, from the rings being hooked together.
  2. Chain letters, taken collectively.