What does the word greaves mean?

Usage examples for greaves

  1. Some act as beaters, wearing leathern aprons and greaves- such as the Greek peasantry wore- to protect their legs. – In the Tail of the Peacock by Isabel Savory
  2. Let neither the young nor the old MacTurk lay a finger on me; nor Mr. Greaves, their colleague; and lastly, if I give trouble, with your own hand administer to me a strong narcotic- such a sure dose of laudanum as shall leave no mistake. – Shirley by Charlotte Brontë
  3. Mrs Greaves and Rachel came home after the New Year and set to work at once to break up the old home. – The Heart of Una Sackville by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey