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(UK dialectal) A reeve; steward.
Armor for the shins, and occasionally the tops of the feet.
From Middle English gryve, grayve, from Old Norse greifi (“a count, earl, steward”), akin to Swedish and Danish greve (“a count, earl”), Old English ġerēfa (“reeve”). More at reeve.
From Middle English greve, grayve, from Old French greve (“shin”), of unknown origin.
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