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1Clad in, protected by, or covered with armour; specifically (of a warship) covered wholly or partly with thick defensive metal plates.
2Of an animal, or a part of its body: having the surface protected by a defensive outer layer of scales, bones, plates, etc.
An armour-clad warship. Compare "ironclad". Now historical.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Samuel Bentley (1722–1803). From armour + clad.
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