from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • The unmelted residue left after animal fat has been rendered.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The unmeltable residue left after animal fat has been rendered.
  • n. Plural form of greave.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The sediment of melted tallow. It is made into cakes for dogs' food. In Scotland it is called cracklings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Armor, made of metal, and lined with some soft substance, worn to protect the front of the leg below the knee.
  • Boots; buskins.
  • See graves.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the residue that remains after animal fat has been rendered


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From Low German greven.


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  • They fastened their breastplates, in war, over their smocks, and had other armour covering the lower parts of the body, and leg armour called "greaves"; while the great shield which guarded the whole body from throat to ankles was carried by a broad belt slung round the neck.

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  • Then you lace up the greaves to protect your ankles.

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  • Each hoplite was a proud citizen who could afford to equip himself with a bronze helmet, a thick breastplate, greaves to protect the legs, and an iron-tipped spear eight to ten feet long used for thrusting, not throwing.

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  • Treasures and trophies lined the walls in large unruly piles: crowns of gold; glittering jewels; goblets and chalices; swords and shields; bronze helmets and greaves.


  • Hundreds of maces, axes, daggers, swords, knives, and even a few pistols hung on the walls, as well as a collection of different kinds of armor, from greaves worn to protect the shins to full suits of chain mail.

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  • His legs were positioned in a wide war stance, his body battle-ready, with a bronze cuirass and greaves.

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  • In the stead, now we are in the era of fantastical and expressive shoes-as-art-and-armor, heavy shoes with greaves and metal plates.

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  • A tunic sewn with iron rings draped his chest, and there was leather enough in it to armor two normal soldiers, with remainder enough for vambraces and greaves.

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  • Most had breastplates of boiled leather, and arm-guards and greaves of hammered bronze.

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