noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
crackling ( def 3 ).

1605–15; < Low German greven; cognate with Old High German griubo, German Grieben Unabridged


noun Armor.
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.

1300–50; Middle English greves (plural) < Old French < ?

greaved, adjective Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
greave (ɡriːv)
(often plural) a piece of armour worn to protect the shin from the ankle to the knee
[C14: from Old French greve, perhaps from graver to part the hair, of Germanic origin]

greaves (ɡriːvz)
pl n
the residue left after the rendering of tallow
[C17: from Low German greven; related to Old High German griubo]

Greaves (ɡriːvz)
Jimmy. born 1940, English footballer and television commentator on the sport

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. greve "shin" (12c.), of uncertain origin.
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Bible Dictionary

Greaves definition

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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Example sentences
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.
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