Pa*vise (?), n. [OF. pavaix, F. pavois; cf. It. pavese, LL. pavense; perh. named from Pavia in Italy.] Mil. Antiq.

A large shield covering the whole body, carried by a pavisor, who sometimes screened also an archer with it.

[Written also pavais, pavese, and pavesse.]

Fairholt.

 

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