plural noun
ga·​mash·​es | \ gəˈmashə̇z \

Definition of gamashes

archaic Scottish
: leggings or gaiters worn by horseback riders

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First Known Use of gamashes

1596, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gamashes

Middle French gamaches, plural of gamache, modification of Old Provençal garamacha, galamacha, modification of Old Spanish guadamecí colored or embossed leather, from guadamecí, adjective, colored or embossed (said of leather), modification of Arabic ghadāmasīy of Gadàmes, town in Tripoli where ornate leather was made

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“Gamashes.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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