bar·but (bärbŭt′) also bar·bute (-byt′, -bt′) also bar·bu·ta (-by′tə, -b′-)
A style of European helmet from the late Middle Ages, long on the sides and in back to protect the neck, and usually having a T-shaped opening in the front.
[French barbute, ultimately from Italian barbuta, from barba, beard (the helmet being so called because it allowed the wearer's beard to be seen), from Latin; see bhardh-ā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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