\ ˈgrēv How to pronounce greave (audio) \

Definition of greave

: armor for the shin

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My favourite application of bronze has always been the cuirass (breastplate), shield, spear, sword and greaves of the Spartan soldiers. Wei Koh, A-LIST, "How the Watch Industry Plundered the Periodic Table," 3 Apr. 2018 In the hoplitodromia, or race in armor, a field of 25 athletes ran two lengths of the 210-yard-long (192-meter-long) stadium at Olympia wearing bronze greaves and helmets and lugging shields that may have weighed 30 pounds. Nick Romeo, National Geographic, "Olympic Games We No Longer Play," 4 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of greave

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for greave

Middle English greve, from Anglo-French

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