WORD ORIGIN Origin of testicle
First recorded in
1375–1425; late Middle English
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Related Words for testicle genitalia
rocks British Dictionary definitions for testicle noun either of the two male reproductive glands, in most mammals enclosed within the scrotum, that produce spermatozoa and the hormone testosterone Also called: testis Derived Forms testicular ( tɛˈstɪkjʊlə), adjective Word Origin for testicle
C15: from Latin
testiculus, diminutive of testis testicle
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Word Origin and History for testicle n.
1590s, alteration of
testicule (early 15c.), from Latin testiculus, diminutive of testis "testicle" (see testis). The Old English was herþan, probably originally "leather bag" (cf. heorþa "deer-skin"). The commonest slang terms for them in other languages are words that mean "balls," "stones," "nuts," "eggs."
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n. A testis, especially one contained within the scrotum.
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Either of the testes of a male mammal together with the scrotum that contains it.
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