testicle
noun Etymology: Middle English testicule, from Latin testiculus, diminutive of testis Date: 15th century testis; especially one of a higher mammal usually with its enclosing structures • testicular adjective

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  • Testicle — Tes ti*cle, n. [L. testiculus, dim. of testis a testicle, probably the same word as testis a witness, as being a witness to manhood. Cf. {Test} a witness.] (Anat.) One of the essential male genital glands which secrete the semen. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • testicle — 1590s, alteration of testicule (early 15c.), from L. testiculus, dim. of testis testicle (see TESTIS (Cf. testis)). The O.E. was herþan, probably originally leather bag (Cf. heorþa deer skin ). The commonest slang terms for them in other… …   Etymology dictionary

  • testicle — ► NOUN ▪ either of the two oval organs that produce sperm in male mammals, enclosed in the scrotum behind the penis. DERIVATIVES testicular adjective. ORIGIN Latin testiculus, from testis a witness (from the idea of a testicle being a ‘witness’… …   English terms dictionary

  • testicle — [tes′ti kəl] n. [L testiculus, dim. of testis, testicle, lit., witness: see TESTIFY] either of two oval sex glands in the male that are suspended in the scrotum and secrete spermatozoa; testis testicular [tes′tik′yo͞o lər] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Testicle — Diagram of male (human) testicles …   Wikipedia

  • testicle — n. an undescended testicle * * * an undescended testicle …   Combinatory dictionary

  • testicle — UK [ˈtestɪk(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms testicle : singular testicle plural testicles one of two round male sex organs that hang in a bag of skin behind the penis …   English dictionary

  • testicle — tes|ti|cle [ˈtestıkəl] n [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: testiculus small testicle , from testis; TESTIS] one of the two round organs that produce ↑sperm in a male, that are enclosed in a bag of skin behind and below the ↑penis >testicular… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • testicle —   n. male reproductive gland.    ♦ testicular, a.    ♦ testiculate, a. like a testicle in shape …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • testicle — /tes ti keuhl/, n. testis. [1375 1425; late ME < L testiculus. See TESTIS, CLE1] * * * …   Universalium

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