aspis (plural aspides)
- A type of round shield borne by ancient Greek soldiers
1963, William Kurtz Wimsatt, What to Say About a Poem and Other Essays, page 39:
- "shield both large and tough" has never said that aspides are small and weak […]
- (archaic) An asp or generic venomous snake
1588, Robert Greene, “The History of Dorastus and Fawnia”, in Pandosto: The Triumph of Time, published 1907:
- Flesh dipped in the sea Ægeum will never be sweet; the herb Trigion being once bit with an aspis never groweth, and conscience once stained with innocent blood is always tied to a guilty remorse.
- (palynology) A prominent ring of thickened exine around a pore on a pollen grain
1974, Eugene Cecil Ogden, Manual for Sampling Airborne Pollen, ISBN 0028498208, page 128:
- As might be expected, characters of the aspides themselves are not of much value in pollen identification, but they are easily recognized and many three-pored, aspidate grains are broadly categorized as "betuloid" in studies of airborne pollen.
- aspis in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- aspis in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- “aspis” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)
- aspis in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
- aspis in William Smith, editor (1854, 1857) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography, volume 1 & 2, London: Walton and Maberly
- aspis in Richard Stillwell et al., editor (1976) The Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press