greave

[ 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.

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Also called jamb, jambeau .

Origin of greave

1300–50; Middle English greves (plural) <Old French < ?

OTHER WORDS FROM greave

greaved, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH greave

greave , grieve
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British Dictionary definitions for greave

greave
/ (ɡriːv) /

noun

(often plural) a piece of armour worn to protect the shin from the ankle to the knee

Derived forms of greave

greaved, adjective

Word Origin for greave

C14: from Old French greve, perhaps from graver to part the hair, of Germanic origin
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