Shield, handheld defensive armour




  • To protect, to defend.
  • to protect from the influence of


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  • From Middle English scheld, shelde, from Old English scield ("shield"), from Proto-West Germanic *skeldu, from Proto-Germanic *skelduz ("shield"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kelH- ("cut, split"). Cognate with West Frisian skyld, Dutch schild ("shield"), German Schild ("shield"), Danish skjold ("shield"), Icelandic skjöldur ("shield") and Faroese skjøldur ("shield")
  • Compare Latin scūtum ("shield"), Irish sciath ("shield"), Latgalian škīda ("shield"), Lithuanian skydas ("shield"), Russian щит ("shield"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kewH- ("to cover, protect"), *skey-.
  • From Middle English shelden, from Old English scildan.

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