- a piece of armor or padding for protecting the thigh.
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
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.
The leg-armour—jambs, genouillres, cuisses—is entirely of plate.
When the tassets were discarded about the end of the sixteenth century the cuisses were laminated in this way from waist to knee.
First the sabatons were put on, then the jambs, genouillire and cuisses, then the skirt or breech of mail round the waist.
- a piece of armour for the thigh
C15: back formation from cuisses (plural), from Old French cuisseaux thigh guards, from cuisse thigh, from Latin coxa hipbone