From Middle High German tartsche, Middle Low German tartze, tartzge, from French targe, Middle Latin targa, presumably via Middle English targe from Old Norse targa. Old High German had a cognate zarga which gave rise to Zarge "frame". In medieval use of infantry shields, by the 16th century also of equestrian shields; in the later 16th century becomes part of the technical vocabulary of jousting equipment (hence Stechtartsche, Gittertartsche, etc).
Tartsche f (genitive Tartsche, plural Tartschen)
- a shield, targe