ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,
ersatz_read
ersatz_read
1word1day

Monday word: pavise

pavise (păv' is), noun

A large heavy oblong shield protecting the whole body.

Archers and crossbowmen would crouch behind a pavise while reloading.  A row of such shields is called a pavisade.

Etymology:  Named after Pavia, Italy, where the shields supposedly originated (somewhere around the middle of the thirteenth century).

This link has many fine examples of historical pavises.  Some have a distinct central ridge:  it housed a stake that was used to prop up the shield.  Some fighters had a pavisier to hold the shield for them during battle; others used the stake to hold the shield in place.

For a modern example of a pavise, below is a picture of one my friend built for his wheelchair (not in this picture is the energetic and colorful battle going on around him).


Tags: italian, noun, p, wordsmith: ersatz_read
Subscribe

  • Sunday Word: Cerulean

    cerulean [s uh- roo-lee- uhn] adjective: resembling the blue of the sky; a shade of blue ranging between azure and a darker sky blue…

  • Tuesday word: Proficient

    Thursday, June 6, 2013 Proficient (adjective, noun) pro·fi·cient [pruh-fish-uhnt] adjective 1. well-advanced or competent in any art, science,…

  • Sunday Word: Exegesis

    exegesis [ek-si- jee-sis] noun: critical explanation or interpretation of a text or portion of a text; explication, especially of biblical…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 1 comment