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Breeches. A bifurcated garment formerly worn to cover but the hips and thighs; improperly used in the sense of trousers or pantaloons. The word is derived from Anglo-Saxon breech, which indicates the lower part of the body behind, or the hinder part of anything. The " Geneva " Bible, an English translation issued from Geneva in 1560, by several British divines, has been called the " breeches " Bible, because in the story of Adam and Eve, a passage (Genesis III, 7) was translated: " Then the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves breeches." Later and more fastidious translators make the passage read " aprons."