testicle

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 languages are words that mean "balls," "stones," "nuts," "eggs."

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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 — ► 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 — 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 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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


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