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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Middle English (originally in the plural): from Old French cuisseaux, plural of cuissel, from late Latin coxale, from coxa ‘hip’.
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