greave vs jambeau what difference

what is difference between greave and jambeau



  • enPR: grēv, IPA(key): /ɡɹiːv/
  • Homophone: grieve
  • Rhymes: -iːv

Etymology 1

From Middle English greve, from Old English grǣfe, grǣfa (bush, bramble, grove, thicket, copse, brush-wood (for burning), fuel), probably related to Proto-Germanic *grōbō (ditch, hole). Cognate with Scots greve, greave (grove). Compare also Proto-Germanic *grainiz (twig), of unknown origin, whence Old Norse grein (branch, bough). Closely related to Old English grāf, grāfa (grove). See grove.


greave (plural greaves)

  1. (obsolete) A bush; a tree; a grove.
  2. (obsolete) A bough; a branch.

Etymology 2

From Middle English greve, greyve, from Old English grǣfa, grēfa (pit, cave, hole, grave, trench), from Proto-Germanic *grōbō (pit, ditch), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰrebʰ- (to dig, scratch, scrape). Cognate with North Frisian groop (pit, sewer, gutter), Dutch groef (pit, hole, gutter), German Grube (pit, hole), Icelandic gröf (pit, grave).


greave (plural greaves)

  1. (obsolete) A ditch or trench.

Etymology 3

From Middle English greve, grayve, from Old French greve (shin), of uncertain origin; possibly from Egyptian Arabic جورب(stocking, leg cover). Watkins suggests a connection with greve (part in the hair), due to the resemblance of the medial ridge to a part in the hair, from graver (to part (the hair); engrave), of Germanic origin, from Frankish *graban (to engrave); if so, related to Etymology 2 above.

Alternative forms

  • greeve


greave (plural greaves)

  1. A piece of armour that protects the leg, especially the shin.
  • For quotations using this term, see Citations:greave.

Etymology 4

From greaves (residue left after animal fat has been rendered).


greave (third-person singular simple present greaves, present participle greaving, simple past and past participle greaved)

  1. (nautical, transitive) To clean (a ship’s bottom); to grave.

See also

  • greaves (residue left after animal fat has been rendered)



  • regave


Alternative forms

  • giambeu [16th c.]


From an Anglo-Norman derivative of jambe (leg).


jambeau (plural jambeaux)

  1. (obsolete) A piece of armour for the leg. [14th-16th c.]
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene,
      The mortall steele despiteously entayld / Deepe in their flesh, quite through the yron walles, / That a large purple streme adown their giambeux falles.

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