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ventail

[ven-teyl] /ˈvɛn teɪl/
noun
1.
the pivoted middle element of a face defense of a close helmet.
2.
a flap of mail attached to a coif and fastened across the lower part of the face during combat.
Also, aventail.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Middle French ventaille, equivalent to vent (< Latin ventus wind1) + -aille -al2
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ventail

/ˈvɛnteɪl/
noun
1.
(in medieval armour) a covering for the lower part of the face
Word Origin
C14: from Old French ventaille sluice, from vent wind, from Latin ventus
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