From Old Occitan [Term?] (compare Occitan cauça), from Vulgar Latin *calcea (“garment covering foot and leg”) (compare French chausse, Spanish calza), from Latin calceus (“shoe”). Over time the meaning extended upward to include all of the body from the waist down, then contracted to cover only the area just below the waist.
calça f (plural calces)
- (archaic) A sock.
- (in the plural) Pantaloons; knickers.
- (in the plural) Panties.
- (agriculture) The outer bark of a cork oak that is put back on the tree after the cork has been harvested so as to help the tree to survive and produce more cork.