cu·lotte (k-lŏt, ky-, klŏt′, ky-)
n. often culottes
A pair of pants that usually falls between the knees and the ankles and is cut to resemble a skirt.
[French, breeches, diminutive of cul, rump, from Latin cūlus; see (s)keu- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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