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n. pl. jam·beaux (-bōz)
A piece of armor for the leg below the knee.

[Middle English, probably from Old North French *jambeau, from Old French jambe, leg; see jamb.]
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(ˈdʒæmbəʊ) ,






n, pl -beaux (-bəʊz) , -barts, -bers or -biers
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) (often plural) other words for greave
[C14: from Anglo-French, from jambe leg; see jamb]
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armor for the leg between the knee and ankle.
[1300–50; Middle English greves (pl.) < Old French, of uncertain orig.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.jambeau - armor plate that protects legs below the kneejambeau - armor plate that protects legs below the knee
armor plate, armor plating, armour plate, plate armor, plate armour - specially hardened steel plate used to protect fortifications or vehicles from enemy fire
body armor, body armour, cataphract, coat of mail, suit of armor, suit of armour - armor that protects the wearer's whole body
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With Christmas as a theme, each of the 14 teams rose to the occasion with members captains William Welsh and Kim Davies judging the best dressed competition; the male prize which went to Etienne Jambeau for his fantastic red French beret and red and green socks and Karen D'Amours took home the best dressed female prize for her red and green angel wings, accessorised with festive tinsel.