- 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
C14: from Old French greve, perhaps from graver to part the hair, of Germanic origin
Word Origin and History for greaved
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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