from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A differentiated region of the spermatozoön between its ‘head,’ or nucleus, and ‘tail,’ or flagellum.
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MacDONALD: It's what you might call a middle-piece high rank.
Take your Pike and wash it clean, then truss it whole, round, with the tail in his mouth, and his back scorehed, or cut it in three pieces, and divide the middle-piece into two; then boil it in Water,