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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of greave.


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  • Weeping, the well-greaved Achaeans turned-off with headlong speed to the shore of the much-resounding sea, since they were being massacred at the hands of the relentless man Telephus. CLASSICAL GOLDMINE.

  • And when for beautiful he says “endowed with beautiful cheeks,” and for well armed he says “well greaved.”

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • There were the floating, pale - grey clouds; and the immitigable tree; the implacable tree with its greaved silver bark.

    The Waves

  • Yes, I thought; it was as Achilles 'heir that he must have seen himself; inheritor of the ancient laws, which say a man lives by his pride and shall defend it to the death: Harmodios son of Proxenos son of Harmodios, and so on back to some well-greaved Achaian at Troy.

    The Praise Singer

  • Goat-thigh to greaved-thigh, made one cause with the free and the bold! '

    Graded Poetry: Seventh Year

  • "The well-greaved grillus" bounds twenty feet at a spring, and having thighs as thick as

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 385. November, 1847.

  • The legs of Achilles and of Thersites would share the same fate in them, and both would in modern London be as well entitled to the epithet of "well-trousered," as the former alone was to that of 'well-greaved' before Troy.

    The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851

  • The well-greaved Greek, you already know, is deep in the confidences of Minerva; the hairy Trojan, on the contrary, is protected by the Lady Venus.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847

  • But the ram for me alone my goodly-greaved company chose out, in the dividing of the sheep, and on the shore I offered him up to Zeus, even to the son of Cronos, who dwells in the dark clouds, and is lord of all, and I burnt the slices of the thighs.

    Book IX

  • But when the sun was wending to the time of the loosing of cattle, then at last the Cicones drave in the Achaeans and overcame them, and six of my goodly-greaved company perished from each ship: but the remnant of us escaped death and destiny.

    Book IX


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