1. [syn: shield fern, buckler fern]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Shield \Shield\, n. [OE. sheld, scheld, AS. scield, scild,
sceld, scyld; akin to OS. scild, OFries. skeld, D. & G.
schild, OHG. scilt, Icel. skj["o]ldr, Sw. sk["o]ld, Dan.
skiold, Goth. skildus; of uncertain origin. Cf. Sheldrake.]
1. A broad piece of defensive armor, carried on the arm, --
formerly in general use in war, for the protection of the
body. See Buckler.
Now put your shields before your hearts and fight,
With hearts more proof than shields. --Shak.
2. Anything which protects or defends; defense; shelter;
protection. "My council is my shield." --Shak.
3. Figuratively, one who protects or defends.
Fear not, Abram; I am thy shield, and thy exceeding
great reward. --Gen. xv. 1.
4. (Bot.) In lichens, a Hardened cup or disk surrounded by a
rim and containing the fructification, or asci.
5. (Her.) The escutcheon or field on which are placed the
bearings in coats of arms. Cf. Lozenge. See Illust. of
6. (Mining & Tunneling) A framework used to protect workmen
in making an adit under ground, and capable of being
pushed along as excavation progresses.
7. A spot resembling, or having the form of, a shield.
"Bespotted as with shields of red and black." --Spenser.
8. A coin, the old French crown, or ['e]cu, having on one
side the figure of a shield. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
Shield fern (Bot.), any fern of the genus Aspidium, in
which the fructifications are covered with shield-shaped
indusia; -- called also wood fern. See Illust. of
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: any of various ferns of the genera Dryopteris or
Polystichum or Lastreopsis having somewhat shield-shaped
coverings on the sori [syn: shield fern, buckler fern]