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. 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