Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, early 19h century
(Of an animal) having a protective covering of plates or scales; having a lorica (breastplate).
Examples of Loricate in a sentence
"Is a turtle a loricate animal?"
"The porcupine is a great example of a loricate creature."
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This word comes from the Latin “loricatus,” from “lorica,” which is a breastplate. It stems from “lorum,” meaning “strap.”
Did you Know?
In addition to being an adjective, “loricate” can also be a transitive verb or a noun. In its verb form, it means “to enclose in or cover with a protecting substance.” When “loricate” is used as a noun, it means “any animal covered in bony scales,” such as a crocodile.