One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounusually cuisses" or "cuishes
A piece of armor for the thigh.
- ‘He hastily straightened his gleaming bronze cuirass and cuisse, settled his sword sheath and gauntlets more comfortably upon his belt, and entered the audience hall.’
- ‘The thighs, which had been protected beneath the mail hauberk by padded, or gambossed, cuisses in the 13th century, received plate cuisses early in the next century.’
- ‘He nodded and looked me over as he peeled off the body armor, dropping the chest plate, the cuisse and shynbald armor of the legs.’
Middle English (originally in the plural): from Old French cuisseaux, plural of cuissel, from late Latin coxale, from coxa ‘hip’.
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