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codpiece

[kod-pees] /ˈkɒdˌpis/
noun
1.
(in the 15th and 16th centuries) a flap or cover for the crotch in men's hose or tight-fitting breeches, usually matching the costume and often decorated.
2.
Obsolete, penis.
Origin of codpiece
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English. See cod2, piece
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British Dictionary definitions for codpiece

codpiece

/ˈkɒdˌpiːs/
noun
1.
a bag covering the male genitals, attached to hose or breeches by laces, etc, worn in the 15th and 16th centuries
Word Origin
C15: from cod² + piece
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Word Origin and History for codpiece
n.

mid-15c., "a bagged appendage to the front of the breeches; often conspicuous" [OED], from Old English codd "a bag, pouch, husk," in Middle English, "testicles" (common Germanic, cf. Old Norse koddi "pillow," Dutch kodde "bag") + piece (n.).

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