• WordNet 3.6
    • n morion a metal helmet worn by common soldiers in the 16th century
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Morion (Min) A dark variety of smoky quartz.
    • n Morion A kind of open helmet, without visor or beaver, and somewhat resembling a hat. "A battered morion on his brow."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n morion A form of helmet of iron, steel, or brass. somewhat like a hat in shape, often with a crest or comb over the top, and without beaver or vizor, introduced into England from France or Spain about the beginning of the sixteenth century.
    • n morion A variety of smoky quartz having a very dark-brown or nearly black color. It is probably the same as the mormorion of Pliny, although some writers refer this to black tourmalin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Morion mō′ri-un a open helmet without visor or beaver.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. morion, Sp. morrion,; cf. Sp. morra, the upper part of the head, morro, anything that is round
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr., prob. from Sp. morrionmorra, crown of the head. Diez suggests Basque murua, a hill.


In literature:

He was in flexible mail, and under the rim of his planished morion were amorous curls.
"Main Street" by Sinclair Lewis
One Champernoun felled with a sword cut of which no morion could break the force.
"The Path of the King" by John Buchan
At the entrance door stood a guard of halberdiers, in morion and breastplate.
"Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc Volume 1 (of 2)" by Mark Twain
His head was uncovered, and on the table at his side stood the morion he had doffed.
"The Tavern Knight" by Rafael Sabatini
At that same moment ten thousand frogs started from the morions of Gog and Magog, and furiously assailed the knight on every side.
"The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen" by Rudolph Erich Raspe
Then Sir Oliver appeared in the doorway guarded by two fighting seamen in corselet and morion with drawn swords.
"The Sea-Hawk" by Raphael Sabatini
For myself I singled out the blustering Ramiro, and I let him know it by a swinging blow of my mace upon his morion.
"The Shame of Motley" by Raphael Sabatini
Madame Morion must be won over.
"Frederick the Great and His Court" by L. Mühlbach
They wounded Don Juan with a stone, but not very dangerously, as his morion received the blow.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXIV, 1630-34" by Various
He was in despair because the steel cap was not a proper helmet, but only a morion without a vizor to let down.
"The Red Romance Book" by Various
What the morion on thy brow?
"Translations of German Poetry in American Magazines 1741-1810" by Edward Ziegler Davis
Her head was encased in a morion surmounted by waving plumes and beautiful crests.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493–1898, Volume XXXVI, 1649–1666" by Various
Morion and breast-plate were in place, and glistened as though they had been burnished this morning.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
Firstly, as the preacher at Paul's Cross says, we might miss him, or his cuirass and morion might save him.
"A Gentleman Player" by Robert Neilson Stephens
Moriones, who distinguished himself in the Basque Provinces during the last Carlist war, has lately died.
"Spain" by Wentworth Webster
Again as he passed aft an arrow struck him, this time making a deep dent in his morion.
"The Golden Galleon" by Robert Leighton
"The Friars in the Philippines" by Ambrose Coleman
My morion was of trusty steel, and did not let the sword through; but I fainted.
"The Deluge, Vol. II. (of 2)" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
Beneath his sounding sword-strokes cleft morions, gaping wide, Let out the ruddy life-blood gushing fearfully.
"The Nibelungenlied" by Unknown
Dost thou not catch the glint of a morion over yonder?
"The Siege of Norwich Castle" by Matilda Maria Blake

In poetry:

A forest of morions utter grim murder—
Threats kissed by the sun from their long tongues of steel;
Lo, forests of spears hedge the heart of Columbia,
And soon their keen points her fair bosom may feel!
"Pro Patria: America, 1861" by Adah Isaacs Menken

In science:

Since the Jeans’ mass increases with gas temperature and turbulence and shearing morions will prevent collapse, the cold molecular gas clouds may be too shortlived or undersized to facilitate collapse and produce significant star formation (Guillard et al. 2009).
Powerful H$_2$ Line-cooling in Stephan's Quintet : I - Mapping the Significant Cooling Pathways in Group-wide Shocks