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greaves

[greevz] /grivz/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
1.
crackling (def 3).
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Low German greven; cognate with Old High German griubo, German Grieben

greave

[greev] /griv/
noun, Armor.
1.
a piece of plate armor for the leg between the knee and the ankle, usually composed of front and back pieces.
Also called jamb, jambeau.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English greves (plural) < Old French < ?
Related forms
greaved, adjective
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Examples for greaves
  • And he made a strong helmet to go on the head and shining greaves to wear on the ankles.
  • First, the mice put on greaves that covered their forelegs.
British Dictionary definitions for greaves

greaves

/ɡriːvz/
plural noun
1.
the residue left after the rendering of tallow
Word Origin
C17: from Low German greven; related to Old High German griubo

Greaves

/ɡriːvz/
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)

greave

/ɡriːv/
noun
1.
(often pl) a piece of armour worn to protect the shin from the ankle to the knee
Derived Forms
greaved, 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.

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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greaves in the Bible

only in 1 Sam. 17:6, a piece of defensive armour (q.v.) reaching from the foot to the knee; from French greve, "the shin." They were the Roman cothurni.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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