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[kuh-meyl] /kəˈmeɪl/
aventail (def 1).
Origin of camail
1660-70; < French < Old Provençal capmalh, equivalent to cap head (see chief) + malh mail2
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camailed, adjective Unabridged
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  • A feature of note was the loss of the camail throat-guard and the introduction of a light sheet-metal gorget.

    Chats on Military Curios Stanley C. Johnson
  • Like his brother-in-arms, at Puig, he wears the camail and hauberk.

    Spanish Arms and Armour Albert F. Calvert
  • In the preceding chapter we noticed the method of attaching the camail to the bascinet.

    Armour & Weapons Charles John Ffoulkes
  • A high collar of steel was next added as a substitute for the camail.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
  • Knights gave up the use of the camail and jupon, and were 117clothed in complete armour.

  • In these brasses we find that the camail has become the Standard of Mail, or collarette, worn under the gorget of plate.

    Armour & Weapons Charles John Ffoulkes
  • The jupon was a garment which covered the body from the camail to just above the knees.

    Chats on Military Curios Stanley C. Johnson
  • The Bassinet with camail attached is not a characteristic of this century, though isolated examples may perhaps be found.

  • In the first a plate shaped somewhat to the nose was attached to the part of the camail which covered the mouth.

    A Complete Guide to Heraldry Arthur Charles Fox-Davies
  • The knight is clad in armour, viz., a spherical bascinet, with a camail of chain-mail.

British Dictionary definitions for camail


(armour) a neck and shoulders covering of mail worn with and laced to the basinet
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