from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The small flat face at the bottom of a gem cut as a brilliant.
- n. Armor consisting of overlapping plates used to protect the buttocks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A component of armor, consisting of overlapping plates designed to protect the buttocks.
- n. A small, flat face at the base of a brilliant-cut gemstone.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In armor, that part which protects the body behind, from the waist down.
- n. In jewelry, the small flat surface at the back or bottom of a brilliant. Also called cullet, collet, and lower table. See cut under brilliant.
Obsolete French, diminutive of cul, rump, from Latin cūlus; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French culet, diminutive of cul ("bottom"), itself from Latin culus ("arse"). (Wiktionary)