Origin of testicle
Related Words for testiclegenitalia, nuts, gonads, vulva, testes, stones, pudenda, ballocks, balls, cullions, rocks
- either of the two male reproductive glands, in most mammals enclosed within the scrotum, that produce spermatozoa and the hormone testosteroneAlso called: testis
Word Origin for testicle
Word Origin and History for testicle
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."
- A testis, especially one contained within the scrotum.
- Either of the testes of a male mammal together with the scrotum that contains it.