pavis

or pav·ise

[ pav-is ]
/ ˈpæv ɪs /

noun

a large oblong shield of the late 14th through the early 16th centuries, often covering the entire body and used especially by archers and soldiers of the infantry.

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Origin of pavis

1350–1400; Middle English paveys<Middle French pavais<Old Italian pavese literally, of Pavia; see -ese
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pavis

pavise

/ (ˈpævɪs) /

noun

a large square shield, developed in the 15th century, at first portable but later heavy and set up in a permanent position

Word Origin for pavis

C14: from Old French pavais, from Italian pavese of Pavia, Italian city where these shields were originally made
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