Bodice

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Bodice

1. A kind of under waist stiffened with whalebone, etc, worn especially. By women; a corset; stays.

2. A close-fitting outer waist or vest forming the upper part of a woman's dress, or a portion of it. Her bodice half way she unlaced. (Prior)

Origin: this is properly the plural of body, oe. Bodise a pair of bodies, equiv. To a bodice. Cf. Corset, and see body.