A Word A Day Keeps Ignorance at Bay!!! – Cestus
- noun. A cestus is an ancient battle glove, sometimes used in pankration.
- noun. a belt or girdle, especially one worn by a bride in ancient times.
- They were worn like today’s boxing gloves, but were made with leather strips and sometimes filled with iron plates or fitted with blades or spikes, and used as weapons.
- The word originated in mid 16th century: Latin, from the Greek word kestos meaning ‘stitched’.
- Some warriors used spiked cesti to make their impact deadlier.
- Later, after recovering, they fight again and this time Beowulf rips Grendel’s arm off with a retracting cestus.
—Beowulf (1999 film).
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