[plas-truh n] /ˈplæs trən/

a piece of plate armor for the upper part of the torso in front.
Fencing. a quilted pad worn over part of the torso, for protection.
an ornamental front piece of a woman’s bodice.
the starched front of a shirt.
Zoology. the ventral part of the shell of a turtle.
the bony plate forming the ventral part of the shell of a tortoise or turtle

c.1500, from Middle French plastron “breastplate,” from Italian piastrone, augmentative of piastra “breastplate, thin metal plate” (see piaster). As an animal part, from 1813; as an article of dress, 1876.


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