cu·let (kylĭt, kŭlĭt)
1. The small flat face at the bottom of a gem cut as a brilliant.
2. A piece of armor consisting of overlapping plates used to protect the buttocks.
[Obsolete French , diminutive of cul, rump, from Latin cūlus; see (s)keu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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