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pelta Line breaks: pelta
Pronunciation: /ˈpɛltə/

Definition of pelta in English:

noun (plural peltae ˈpɛltiː)

1A small light shield, as used by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
Example sentences
  • Their arms were the bow, spear, and axe, a crescent-shaped shield, called pelta, and (in early art) a helmet - the original model in the Greek mind apparently being the goddess Athena.
  • In general the name simply seems to have become for describing a largish oval shield; sometimes meaning a heavy shield, at other times being used to describe what was really an oval-shaped pelta.
  • One idea I've been kicking around for a shield is a Greek pelta.


From Latin, from Greek peltē.

Words that rhyme with pelta

belter, delta, helter-skelter, melter, Shelta, shelter, swelter, welter

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