noun (aegises, pl2=aegides)
Etymology: From Latin, aegis, from Ancient Greek (polytonic, á).
- A mythological shield associated with Zeus and Athena shown as a short cloak consisting of a goatskin. The aegis of Athena is usually shown with a border of snakes and with the head of Medusa in the center. The aegis is more an emblem of protection and power than an actual military shield.
- Protection, guidance. Usually used as "under the aegis" because of its origin as protection of the shield of Athena.
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