Definitions for vambraceˈvæm breɪs
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
armor for the forearm.
Origin of vambrace:
1300–50; ME va(u)mbras < AF (a)vantbras=avant- fore- (see avaunt ) +bras arm (see brace )
vambrace, lower cannon(noun)
cannon of plate armor protecting the forearm
The piece of armor designed to protect the arm from the elbow to the wrist.
The pieces of armor protecting the arm from the shoulder to the wrist. Not in common use in this sense, most scholars preferring the narrower definition, of armor for the lower arm.
the piece designed to protect the arm from the elbow to the wrist
Vambraces or forearm guards are tubular or gutter defences for the forearm worn as part of a suit of plate armour. Vambraces may be worn with or without separate couters in a full suit of medieval armour. The term originates in the early 14th century. They were made from either boiled leather or steel. Leather vambraces were sometimes reinforced with longitudinal strips of hardened hide or metal creating splinted armour. Vambraces formed an integral part of the Great Steppe, Central Asian, and Islamic warrior armour. Vambraces remained in use long after the high mark of Renaissance armour in Europe. They were worn in Poland until 1770s, in the Caucasus region until the second half of the 19th century, and in Asia at least until the mid-19th century in Persia and the Indian subcontinent, where it may be known as a bazuband.
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