greave
noun Etymology: Middle English greve, from Anglo-French Date: 14th century armor for the shin

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  • Greave — Greave, n. A grove. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Greave — Greave, n. [OF. grees; cf. Sp. grevas.] Armor for the leg below the knee; usually in the plural. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Greave — Greave, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Greaved} (gr[=e]vd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Greaving}.] [From {Greaves}.] (Naut.) To clean (a ship s bottom); to grave. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • greave — ► NOUN historical ▪ a piece of armour for the shin. ORIGIN Old French greve shin, greave …   English terms dictionary

  • greave — (n.) leg armor, c.1300, from O.Fr. greve shin, armor for the leg (12c.), of unknown origin. [Klein suggests it ultimately is from Egyptian Arabic gaurab stocking, apparel for the leg. ] …   Etymology dictionary

  • greave — [grēv] n. [ME greve < OFr, shin, shin armor < Ar jaurab, stocking] armor for the leg from the ankle to the knee: see ARMOR …   English World dictionary

  • Greave — Greek greaves of “Denda”, ca. 500 BC, Staatliche Antikensammlungen (Inv. 4330). A greave (from the Old French shin, shin armour from the Arabic jaurab, meaning stocking[1]) is a piece of …   Wikipedia

  • Greave — Recorded in several spellings including: Greave, Greeve, Grieve, Greaves, Greeves, and Greves, this is an English surname. It is either locational from the former hamlet of Greaves in the parish of Preston, Lancashire, or it is topographical from …   Surnames reference

  • greave — noun historical a piece of armour for the shin. Origin ME: from OFr. greve shin, greave …   English new terms dictionary

  • greave — n. (usu. in pl.) armour for the shin. Etymology: ME f. OF greve shin, greave, of unkn. orig …   Useful english dictionary

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