from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Plate armor worn to protect the front of the thigh.
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- n. armor plate that protects the thigh
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)