One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Each of a pair of protective coverings for the legs, especially the greaves in a suit of armour, or pads worn while playing sport to cushion the leg from blows.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Joseph Strutt (1749–1802), antiquary and engraver. From leg + guard.
leg guard/ˈlɛɡ ɡɑːd/
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