codpiece:Or: cod-piece :
1. In male fashions from the 14 th through the 16 th century, a bag-like flap traditionally worn in the genital area of breeches or hose to cover the opening in front of a mans hose and to accent his genitalia . Cods or codpieces referred to the testicles. See penis for synonyms.
Etymology: From the Middle English codd, meaning a cushion .
Quote: Captain Francis Grose. Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1811): ' The fore flap of a man's breeches .'
See Also: canary, codpiece
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