One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in ancient Greece and Rome) a bright metal disc worn on the chest as an ornament by men, or used to adorn the harness of horses.
- ‘This centurio had several military decorations like torques and phalerae proudly displayed on his breast.’
- ‘Found entombed with numerous Celtic charioteers and warriors, ancient phalerae are ornamental metal discs worn by their horses.’
Latin, from the Greek plural phalara.
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