noun, plural tes·tes [tes-teez] /ˈtɛs tiz/. Anatomy, Zoology.
Origin of testis
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Teste David cum Sibylla, clearly and beautifully the voice resumed.The Monster
Several high rocks (Teste Isles) in sight when they stood off for the night served next morning as a connecting point.Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1.
To the north and south of the Teste de Buch the chain of sand-hills measures from 4400 to 6600 feet in width.The Desert World
Teste me ipso apud Eboracum, v die Marcii, anno regni nostri duodecimo.
Teste me ipso apud Westmonasterium, xiij die Decembris, anno regni nostri xlijo.
noun plural -tes (-tiːz)
Word Origin for testis
(plural testes), 1704, from Latin testis "testicle," usually regarded as a special application of testis "witness" (see testament), presumably because it "bears witness" to virility (cf. Greek parastates, literally "one that stands by;" and French slang témoins, literally "witnesses"). But Buck thinks Greek parastatai "testicles" has been wrongly associated with the legal sense of parastates "supporter, defender" and suggests instead parastatai in the sense of twin "supporting pillars, props of a mast," etc. Walde, meanwhile, suggests a connection between testis and testa "pot, shell, etc."