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[greev] /griv/
noun, Armor.
a piece of plate armor for the leg between the knee and the ankle, usually composed of front and back pieces.
Also called jamb, jambeau.
Origin of greave
1300-50; Middle English greves (plural) < Old French < ?
Related forms
greaved, adjective
Can be confused
greave, grieve. Unabridged
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(often pl) a piece of armour worn to protect the shin from the ankle to the knee
Derived Forms
greaved, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French greve, perhaps from graver to part the hair, of Germanic origin
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Word Origin and History for greave

leg armor, c.1300, from Old French greve "shin, armor for the leg" (12c.), of unknown origin. [Klein suggests it ultimately is from Egyptian Arabic gaurab "stocking, apparel for the leg."]

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