ventail

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From Old French ventaille.

Noun[edit]

ventail (plural ventails)

  1. (obsolete) A piece of armor used to protect the neck.
  2. (historical) The movable front part of a helmet, originally including the visor but later specifically the separate lower section.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.ii:
      A comely knight, all arm'd in complete wize, / Through whose bright ventayle lifted vp on hye / His manly face [...] Lookt foorth [...].
  3. (obsolete, rare) That part of a medieval helmet which is intended for the admission of air.

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Noun[edit]

ventail m (plural ventaux)

  1. Alternative form of vantail

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