ventail

ventail

[ven-teyl]
noun
1.
the pivoted middle element of a face defense of a close helmet. See diag. under 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:
1300–50; Middle English < Middle French ventaille, equivalent to vent (< Latin ventus wind1) + -aille -al2

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ventail (ˈvɛnteɪl)
 
n
(in medieval armour) a covering for the lower part of the face
 
[C14: from Old French ventaille sluice, from vent wind, from Latin ventus]

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