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pav·isalso pav·isse (păv′ĭs)
A medieval shield large enough to protect the whole body.
[Middle English, from Old French pavais, from Old Italian pavese, from Pavia.]
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a large square shield, developed in the 15th century, at first portable but later heavy and set up in a permanent position
[C14: from Old French pavais, from Italian pavese of Pavia, Italian city where these shields were originally made]
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|Noun||1.||pavis - (Middle Ages) a large heavy oblong shield protecting the whole body; originally carried but sometimes set up in permanent position|