From Vulgar Latin calcea (“garment covering foot and leg”), 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.