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cuisse

[kwis] /kwɪs/
noun, Armor.
1.
a piece of armor or padding for protecting the thigh.
Also, cuish
[kwish] /kwɪʃ/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; earlier also cush, plural cushies (the plural cush(i)e-s misanalyzed as cush-(i)es), Middle English quissheu, kusheu, plural quyssewes, cusschewis < Old French quisseuz, cuisseus, plural of cuissel, equivalent to cuisse thigh (< Latin coxa hipbone) + -el noun suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for cuisse

cuisse

/kwɪs/
noun
1.
a piece of armour for the thigh
Word Origin
C15: back formation from cuisses (plural), from Old French cuisseaux thigh guards, from cuisse thigh, from Latin coxa hipbone
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