- a piece of plate armor for the leg between the knee and the ankle, usually composed of front and back pieces.
Origin of greave
1300–50; Middle English greves (plural) < Old French < ?
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- (often plural) a piece of armour worn to protect the shin from the ankle to the knee
Word Origin for greave
C14: from Old French greve, perhaps from graver to part the hair, of Germanic origin
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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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