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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Plate armor worn to protect the front of the thigh.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. armor plate that protects the thigh

Etymologies

Middle English quisse, probably back-formation from quisseues, pl. of quisseu, cuisse, from Old French quisseuz, pl. of quissel, from quisse, thigh, from Latin coxa, hip.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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