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{{wiktionary|panoply}}
 
{{wiktionary|panoply}}
   
A '''panoply''' is a complete suit of [[armour]]. The word represents the ancient Greek πανοπλία. The word πᾶν means "''all''", and ὅπλον, "''arms''". Thus ''"panoply"'' refers to the full armour of a [[hoplite]] or heavy-armed soldier, i.e. the [[shield]], [[breastplate]], [[helmet]] and [[greave]]s, together with the [[sword]] and [[lance]].
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A '''panoply''' is a complete suit of [[armour]]. The word represents the [[Ancient Greek Language|ancient Greek]] πανοπλία. The word πᾶν means "''all''", and ὅπλον, "''arms''". Thus ''"panoply"'' refers to the full armour of a [[hoplite]] or heavy-armed soldier, i.e. the [[shield]], [[breastplate]], [[helmet]] and [[greave]]s, together with the [[sword]] and [[lance]].
   
 
As applied to armour of a later date, panoply did not come into use till the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th century, and was then used of the complete suits of [[plate armour]] covering the whole body.
 
As applied to armour of a later date, panoply did not come into use till the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th century, and was then used of the complete suits of [[plate armour]] covering the whole body.

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