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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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Examples from the Web for cuisses

Historical Examples

  • The old term for cuisses, the pieces of armour which protected the thighs.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • The cuisses are laminated, and reach to about the middle of the thigh.

    Spanish Arms and Armour

    Albert F. Calvert

  • The leg-armour—jambs, genouillres, cuisses—is entirely of plate.

    Spanish Arms and Armour

    Albert F. Calvert

  • When the tassets were discarded about the end of the sixteenth century the cuisses were laminated in this way from waist to knee.

    Armour &amp; Weapons

    Charles John Ffoulkes

  • First the sabatons were put on, then the jambs, genouillire and cuisses, then the skirt or breech of mail round the waist.

    Armour &amp; Weapons

    Charles John Ffoulkes


British Dictionary definitions for cuisses

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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