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English

Vase showing hoplites bearing aspides.

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] aspis

Noun

Singular
aspis

Plural
aspides

aspis (aspides)
  1. A type of round shield borne by ancient Greek soldiers
    • 1963, William Kurtz Wimsatt, What to Say About a Poem and Other Essays[1], page 39,  
      "shield both large and tough" has never said that aspides are small and weak []
  2. (archaic) An asp or generic venomous snake
    • 1588, Robert Greene, “The History of Dorastus and Fawnia”, in Pandosto: The Triumph of Time[2], published 1907,  
      Flesh dipped in the sea Ægeum will never be sweet; the herb Trigion being once bit with an aspis never groweth, and conscience once stained with innocent blood is always tied to a guilty remorse.
  3. (palynology) A prominent ring of thickened exine around a pore on a pollen grain
    • 1974, Eugene Cecil Ogden, Manual for Sampling Airborne Pollen[3], ISBN 0028498208, page 128,  
      As might be expected, characters of the aspides themselves are not of much value in pollen identification, but they are easily recognized and many three-pored, aspidate grains are broadly categorized as "betuloid" in studies of airborne pollen.

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Latin

Etymology

From Ancient Greek ἀσπίς (round shield or asp)

Noun

aspis (genitive aspidis); f, third declension

  1. asp (venomous snake)
  2. viper

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