tes·ti·cle | \ˈte-sti-kəl \

Definition of testicle 

: testis especially : one of a higher mammal usually with its enclosing structures

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testicular \te-ˈsti-kyə-lər \ adjective

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Because soft tissues like testicles preserve poorly in the fossil record, no physical evidence of ancestral testes remain, and the location of ancestral mammalian testes has remained elusive. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "The Earliest Mammals Kept Their Cool With Descended Testicles," 28 June 2018 The private club is named, tongue-firmly-placed-in-cheek, for what some believe is a delicacy: Bull testicles. Joe Drape, New York Times, "On an Arizona Road Trip, Miles of Family Firsts," 12 June 2018 Not all afrotherians exhibit testicondy — aardvarks, for instance, have descending testicles. New York Times, "The Evolutionary Origin of Descending Testicles," 29 June 2018 The donning of amulets fashioned from dismembered dead animals, like weasel testicles (in the Middle Ages) and mule uteri (in ancient Greece). Carolyn Todd, Allure, "The History and Evolution of Birth Control in America," 12 July 2018 Medical causes could include swelling of the veins that drain the testicle, infections, tumors, Celiac disease or ejaculation problems. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Study: Nutrition in nuts may help boost sperm count," 10 July 2018 The offensive scenes Parents took exception to two scenes in which Max has his testicles inspected by dog show judges. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "'Show Dogs' removes 2 scenes thought to portray sexual abuse after backlash," 23 May 2018 Cumming is performing Legal Immigrant twice a night for ten nights in total, in front of audiences on opposite ends of Manhattan, for whom advanced testicle talk is more or less shocking, and more or less relatable, depending on the dress code. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Uptown and Downtown With Alan Cumming and Legal Immigrant," 26 June 2018 But, the prevailing advice from a man who has eaten everything from rotten shark to sheep testicles? CBS News, "Patton Oswalt shares Anthony Bourdain's blunt advice for trip to Paris," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of testicle

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for testicle

Middle English testicule, from Latin testiculus, diminutive of testis

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English Language Learners Definition of testicle

: one of two small organs that are located in a sack of skin (called the scrotum) in men and male animals and that produce sperm and male hormones


tes·ti·cle | \ˈtes-ti-kəl \

Medical Definition of testicle 

: testis especially : one with its enclosing structures

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