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cuisse

[kwis]
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noun Armor.
  1. a piece of armor or padding for protecting the thigh.
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Also cuish [kwish] /kwɪʃ/.

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
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British Dictionary definitions for cuisse

cuisse

cuish (kwɪʃ)

noun
  1. a piece of armour for the thigh
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Word Origin

C15: back formation from cuisses (plural), from Old French cuisseaux thigh guards, from cuisse thigh, from Latin coxa hipbone
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