Word Archaeology: caparison

This word refers to a cloth covering used on a horse for protection and decoration. It’s derived from “caparo”, the Latin word for cape. During the Middle Ages, caparisons were used with barding on horses during battle to protect from arrows loosed by archers in the Crusades of the 12th Century.

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