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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Jambes \Jambes\, Jambeux \Jam"beux\, n. pl. [From F. jambe a
leg: cf. OF. jambiere. See Jamb, n.] (Ancient Armor)
In the Middle Ages, armor for the legs below the knees,
usually having front and back pieces; called also greaves.
[Written also giambeux.] --Chaucer.