Pavise

pavis

[pav-is]
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.
Also, pavise.


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

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pavis or pavise (ˈpævɪs)
 
n
a large square shield, developed in the 15th century, at first portable but later heavy and set up in a permanent position
 
[C14: from Old French pavais, from Italian pavese of Pavia, Italian city where these shields were originally made]
 
pavise or pavise
 
n
 
[C14: from Old French pavais, from Italian pavese of Pavia, Italian city where these shields were originally made]

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