pavais

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Etymology[edit]

Old French pavaix, French pavois; compare Italian pavese, Latin pavense; perhaps named from Pavia in Italy.

Noun[edit]

pavais (plural pavaises)

  1. (military, historical) A very large shield covering a soldier from head to foot, often with a projecting ridge running vertically down the center.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 27:
      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.

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Verb[edit]

pavais

  1. first-person singular imperfect indicative of paver
  2. second-person singular imperfect indicative of paver