Pronunciation: (ē'jis), [key]
1. Class. Myth.the shield or breastplate of Zeus or Athena, bearing at its center the head of the Gorgon.
2. protection; support: under the imperial aegis.
3. sponsorship; auspices: a debate under the aegis of the League of Women Voters. Also,egis.
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