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Codpiece (garment)

Metal codpieces, 16th century

Definition

Codpiece is a covering flap or pouch that attaches to the front of the crotch of men's trousers and usually accentuates the genital area. It was held closed by string ties, buttons, or other methods. It was an important item of European clothing in the 15th and 16th centuries. This appendage was made from the same fabric as the jerkin or upper stocks and fastened by ties or buckles; a decorated covering for the opening in the front of the breeches.

Today it is still worn in performance costumes, for rock music and metal musicians, and in the leather subculture, while an Athletic cup protects in a similar fashion.

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