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pavis

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[pav-is]
noun
  1. 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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Historical Examples of pavise

  • The shield itself or pavise was large, made of wood covered with skin, and surrounded with a broad rim of iron.

    Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)

    John Roby

  • The former monarch devised for them a system of tactics, in which the pavise was made to play a prominent part.


British Dictionary definitions for pavise

pavis

pavise

noun
  1. a large square shield, developed in the 15th century, at first portable but later heavy and set up in a permanent position
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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C14: from Old French pavais, from Italian pavese of Pavia, Italian city where these shields were originally made
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