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ventail

[ ven-teyl ]
/ ˈvɛn teɪl /
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noun

the pivoted middle element of a face defense of a close helmet.
a flap of mail attached to a coif and fastened across the lower part of the face during combat.

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Origin of ventail

1300–50; Middle English <Middle French ventaille, equivalent to vent (<Latin ventuswind1) + -aille-al2
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ventail
/ (ˈvɛnteɪl) /

noun

(in medieval armour) a covering for the lower part of the face

Word Origin for ventail

C14: from Old French ventaille sluice, from vent wind, from Latin ventus
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