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(in ancient Greece and Rome) a bright metal disc worn on the chest as an ornament by men, or used to adorn the harness of horses.‘Found entombed with numerous Celtic charioteers and warriors, ancient phalerae are ornamental metal discs worn by their horses.’‘This centurio had several military decorations like torques and phalerae proudly displayed on his breast.’
Latin, from the Greek plural phalara.
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