1. [syn: pavis, pavise]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pavis \Pa*vis\, Pavise \Pa*vise\, n. [OF. pavaix, F. pavois; cf.
It. pavese, LL. pavense; perh. named from Pavia in Italy.]
A large heavy oblong shield covering the whole body, carried
by a pavisor, who sometimes also screened an archer with it.
It was originally carried but sometimes set up in permanent
position [Written also pavis, pavais, pavese, and
[1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: (Middle Ages) a large heavy oblong shield protecting the
whole body; originally carried but sometimes set up in
permanent position [syn: pavis, pavise]