codpiece

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noun cod·piece \ˈkäd-ˌpēs\

Definition of codpiece

  1. :  a flap or bag concealing an opening in the front of men's breeches especially in the 15th and 16th centuries

Origin and Etymology of codpiece

Middle English codpese, from cod “bag, scrotum” (going back to Old English codd, akin to Middle Dutch codde “cylindrical piece of wood,” Old Frisian kudda “cudgel,” Middle Low German kudde, kodde “hog,” Old Norse koddi “pillow, scrotum,” all from a Germanic base denoting something distended and unevenly shaped) + pese 1piece


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