equites

Definitions:

  • In ancient Rome, the knights, a body originally constituting the cavalry of the army, of patrician rank, and equipped by the state, but afterward comprising also rich plebeians, and in part finding their own equipments.
  • [<em>capitalized</em>] In <em>zoology</em>, a Linnean group of butterflies, corresponding to the old genus <em>Papilio.</em>
  • An order of knights holding a middle place between the senate and the commonalty; members of the Roman equestrian order.
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