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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: (15th-16th century) a flap for the crotch of men's tight- fitting breeches

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English codpese, from cod bag, scrotum (from Old English codd) + pese piece Date: 15th century a flap or bag concealing an opening in the front of men's breeches especially in the 15th and 16th centuries

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. hist. an appendage like a small bag or flap at the front of a man's breeches. Etymology: ME, f. cod scrotum + PIECE

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Codpiece Cod"piece`, n. [Cod, n., ? + piece.] A part of male dress in front of the breeches, formerly made very conspicuous. --Shak. Fosbroke.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(codpieces) A codpiece was a piece of material worn by men in the 15th and 16th centuries to cover their genitals. N-COUNT

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