Leave it to the Cincinnati Enquirer to bring the world to your doorstep. The word of the day is CODPIECE.
The thing about playing a guy in late Renaissance costume in "Romeo and Juliet," grins Cincinnati Shakespeare actress Sara Clark, with a faux perplexed frown, "is I have something between my legs. There's no crossing of legs like a girl."
COD PIECE: "It's a triangle of fabric designed to provide support and coverage. Stuffing the codpiece to create a more pronounced profile was a popular fashion statement with men of all ages.
I think Batman wore one.