From Ancient Greek κατάφρακτος (katáphraktos, “fully covered, protected, fully armored”); from κατά (katá, “fully, completely”) + φρακτός (phraktós, “fenced, protected”), from φράσσω (phrássō, “I fence/secure/fortify, I block”)
cataphract (plural cataphracts)
- Defensive armor used for the entire body and often for the horse, also, especially the linked mail or scale armor of some eastern nations.
- A horseman covered with a cataphract.
- The armor or plate covering some fishes.