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[kwis] /kwɪs/
noun, Armor.
a piece of armor or padding for protecting the thigh.
Also, cuish
[kwish] /kwɪʃ/ (Show IPA)
Origin of cuisse
1275-1325; earlier also cush, plural cushies (the plural cush(i)e-s misanalyzed as cush-(i)es), Middle English quissheu, kusheu, plural quyssewes, cusschewis < Old French quisseuz, cuisseus, plural of cuissel, equivalent to cuisse thigh (< Latin coxa hipbone) + -el noun suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But when he put off his armor he found the cuish from his right thigh filled with clots of blood from an angry wound in his side.

    Good Stories For Great Holidays Frances Jenkins Olcott
British Dictionary definitions for cuish


a piece of armour for the thigh
Word Origin
C15: back formation from cuisses (plural), from Old French cuisseaux thigh guards, from cuisse thigh, from Latin coxa hipbone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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