/kod"pees'/, n.
1. (in the 15th and 16th centuries) a flap or cover for the crotch in men's hose or tight-fitting breeches, usually matching the costume and often decorated.
2. Obs. penis.
[1400-50; late ME. See COD2, PIECE]

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      pouchlike addition to men's long hose, located at the crotch, popular in Europe from the 15th to the early 18th century. It came into fashion with hose that were like tights and continued to be worn with breeches. An earlier, narrower form of codpiece, worn with a belt or loincloth instead of hose or tights, was the basic fashion for men in the Aegean area during the Bronze Age.

      In the early and mid-16th century the codpiece was padded, prominent, and decorated, even with jewels, but by 1580 it was mocked and thought indecent. After the pouch had disappeared, the name continued to be used into the 18th century for the front fastening of breeches.

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