1) Breeches are known as an article of clothing which covers the loins and thighs, but the singular was used for the rump, either of animals or humans.

1642 if a weake or sicke Ewe drawe towards lambinge ... take a little hey and putte under her britch, Elmswell. The same writer employed the spelling breeke. The term probably came to be linked in people’s minds with ‘breach’ in the sense of gap or fissure: 1697 I will not serve [the warrant] ... you may wipe your breech with it, Barnsley.

spellings breek
dates 1642 1697

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