pavis

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See also: påvis

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English pavis(e) (paveis, pavas), from Anglo-Norman pavis (compare French pavois), from Latin pavensis, probably from Pavia in Italy. Compare Italian pavese.

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IPA(key): /ˈpɑv.ɪs/

Noun[edit]

pavis (plural pavises or pavisses)

  1. (military, history) A very large shield, like a small moveable wall, carried in front to protect all or most of the bearer's body, often with a projecting ridge running vertically down the center.
    • c. 1521, John Skelton, “Speke Parott”:
      For in this proceſſe, Parrot nothĩg hath ſurmyſed
      No matter pretendyd, nor nothyng enterpryſed
      But that metaphora, alegoria with all
      Shall be his protectyon, his pauys and his wall

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Noun[edit]

pāvīs

  1. dative/ablative plural of pāva