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greaves

[greevz]
noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. crackling(def 3).
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Origin of greaves

1605–15; < Low German greven; cognate with Old High German griubo, German Grieben

greave

[greev]
noun Armor.
  1. 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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Origin of greave

1300–50; Middle English greves (plural) < Old French < ?
Also called jamb, jambeau.
Related formsgreaved, adjective
Can be confusedgreave grieve
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greaves

pl n
  1. the residue left after the rendering of tallow
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Word Origin

C17: from Low German greven; related to Old High German griubo

Greaves

noun
  1. Jimmy. born 1940, English footballer and television commentator on the sport; played for a number of clubs including Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea; scored 44 goals in 57 matches for England (1959–67)
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greave

noun
  1. (often plural) a piece of armour worn to protect the shin from the ankle to the knee
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Derived Formsgreaved, 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 greaves

n.

mid-14c., plural of greave.

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greave

n.

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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