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mesail

[ mes-eyl ]
/ ˈmɛs eɪl /
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noun Armor.

a pivoted piece on a helmet between a visor and a beaver.

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Origin of mesail

1865–70; probably ≪ Old French muçaille concealment, derivative of mucier to conceal; cf. miche
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