- a piece for the knee, made of plate or leather.
Origin of poleyn
1350–1400; Middle English poleyn, polayne < Old French po(u)lain < ?
Also called knee cop.
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I would fain see these youths; said you not they were but youths, Poleyn?The Lord of Dynevor
- a piece of armour for protecting the kneeAlso called: kneecap
from Old French polain
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