- the penis of an animal, especially a bull.
- a whip made from a bull's pizzle.
Origin of pizzle
1515–25; probably < dialectal Dutch pezel or Low German pēsel, equivalent to Middle Dutch, Middle Low German pēs(e) (Dutch pees) tendon, sinew + -el diminutive suffix; see -le
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The captain ran up to them and redoubled his blows with the bull's pizzle.Candide
- archaic, or dialect the penis of an animal, esp a bull
C16: of Germanic origin; compare Low German pēsel, Flemish pēzel, Middle Dutch pēze sinew
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Word Origin and History for pizzle
"penis of a bull used as a flogging instrument," 1520s, from Low German pesel or Flemish pezel, diminutive of root of Dutch pees "sinew," from Old Low German root *pisa.
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