Ventail meaning

vĕn'tāl'
The movable part of the front of a medieval helmet, fitting over the nose and mouth; the upper beaver.
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A removable flap of mail worn across the mouth and chin.
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The movable piece of armor forming the lower front part of a metal helmet.
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(historical) The movable front part of a helmet, originally including the visor but later specifically the separate lower section.
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Origin of ventail

  • Middle English from Old French vantail from vent wind from Latin ventus wē- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French ventaille.
    From Wiktionary