pavais
Pavise Pa*vise, n. [OF. pavaix, F. pavois; cf. It. pavese, LL. pavense; perh. named from Pavia in Italy.] (Mil. Antiq.) A large shield covering the whole body, carried by a pavisor, who sometimes screened also an archer with it. [Written also {pavais}, {pavese}, and {pavesse}.] --Fairholt. [1913 Webster]

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  • pavais — noun A very large shield covering a soldier from head to foot, often with a projecting ridge running vertically down the center. The pavais, pavache, or tallevas was a large shield, or rather a portable mantlet, capable of covering a man from… …   Wiktionary

  • pavais — variant of pavis * * * pavais, e variants of pavis …   Useful english dictionary

  • tallevas — noun A pavais. The pavais, pavache, or tallevas was a large shield, or rather a portable mantlet, capable of covering a man from head to foot, and probably of sufficient thickness to resist the missive weapons then in use …   Wiktionary

  • pavisor — noun A foot soldier trained in the use of the pavais. In the list of the army that accompanied K. Edward III., to Calais, we find many pavisors, these were probably men trained to the use of the pavais, which must have required dexterity as well… …   Wiktionary

  • pavese — Pavise Pa*vise, n. [OF. pavaix, F. pavois; cf. It. pavese, LL. pavense; perh. named from Pavia in Italy.] (Mil. Antiq.) A large shield covering the whole body, carried by a pavisor, who sometimes screened also an archer with it. [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pavesse — Pavise Pa*vise, n. [OF. pavaix, F. pavois; cf. It. pavese, LL. pavense; perh. named from Pavia in Italy.] (Mil. Antiq.) A large shield covering the whole body, carried by a pavisor, who sometimes screened also an archer with it. [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pavise — Pa*vise, n. [OF. pavaix, F. pavois; cf. It. pavese, LL. pavense; perh. named from Pavia in Italy.] (Mil. Antiq.) A large shield covering the whole body, carried by a pavisor, who sometimes screened also an archer with it. [Written also {pavais},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • pavis — /pav is/, n. a large oblong shield of the late 14th through the early 16th centuries, often covering the entire body and used esp. by archers and soldiers of the infantry. Also, pavise. [1350 1400; ME paveys < MF pavais < OIt pavese lit., of… …   Universalium

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