noun, plural tes·tes [tes-teez] /ˈtɛs tiz/. Anatomy, Zoology.
- testimony meeting,
- testing station,
Origin of testis
Examples from the Web for teste
Teste me ipso apud Westmonasterium, xiij die Decembris, anno regni nostri xlijo.The Grey Friars in Oxford|Andrew G. Little
We went right out to sea, so as to beat down, had fine weather, and were off Teste Island by the 16th.
Teste me ipso apud Westmonasterium vicesimo sexto die Maii anno regni nostri septimo.A History of Giggleswick School|Edward Allen Bell
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|Arthur Mangin
The people live in small detached companies, and are not so pleasant and friendly-looking a people as are the Teste islanders.
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."