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pavis

[pav-is] /ˈpæv ɪs/
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.
Also, pavise.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English paveys < Middle French pavais < Old Italian pavese literally, of Pavia; see -ese
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pavis

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C14: from Old French pavais, from Italian pavese of Pavia, Italian city where these shields were originally made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