Small pieces of a suit of armour which flap or overlap, somewhat like fish scales, thus giving flexibility with protection.

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  • Lappet — Lap pet, n. [Dim. of lap a fold.] A small decorative fold or flap, esp. of lace or muslin, in a garment or headdress. Swift. [1913 Webster] {Lappet moth} (Zo[ o]l.), one of several species of bombycid moths, which have stout, hairy caterpillars,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lappet — Lap pet, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lappeted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Lappeting}.] To decorate with, or as with, a lappet. [R.] Landor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lappet — a small flap, 1570s; earlier lobe of a body part (early 15c.), from M.E. lappe lap (see LAP (Cf. lap) (n.)) + et, dim. suffix …   Etymology dictionary

  • Lappet — A small lap, or flap, used for ornamenting a head dress or other garment. In olden times ladies caps were frequently ornamented with lappets of fine lace which hung over their ears …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • lappet — ► NOUN 1) a fold or hanging piece of flesh in some animals. 2) a loose or overlapping part of a garment. ORIGIN diminutive of LAP(Cf. ↑lapful) …   English terms dictionary

  • lappet — [lap′it] n. [dim. of LAP1] 1. a loose flap or fold of a garment or head covering 2. any fleshy or membranous part hanging loosely or in a fold, as the dewlap of a cow, the lobe of the ear, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Lappet — A lappet is a decorative flap or fold in a ceremonial headdress or garment. They were a feature of women s headgear until the early 20th century. They remain strongly associated with religion. A bishop s mitre has two lappets ( infulæ ) sewn to… …   Wikipedia

  • lappet — lappeted, adj. /lap it/, n. 1. a small lap, flap, or loosely hanging part, esp. of a garment or headdress. See illus. under miter. 2. a projecting, lobelike structure in certain invertebrate animals. 3. Ornith. a wattle or other fleshy process on …   Universalium

  • lappet — [ lapɪt] noun 1》 a fold or hanging piece of flesh in some animals. 2》 a loose or overlapping part of a garment. 3》 (also lappet moth) a brownish moth, the caterpillars of which have fleshy lappets along each side of the body. [Gastropacha… …   English new terms dictionary

  • lappet — noun Date: 1573 1. a fold or flap on a garment or headdress 2. a flat overlapping or hanging piece …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lappet — a small fleshy lobe, e.g. on the upper lip of the blenniid Cirripectus; a flat tab of skin on the head of Avocettinops …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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