camail

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n camail a medieval hood of mail suspended from a basinet to protect the head and neck
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Camail (Eccl) A hood of other material than mail;
    • Camail (Ancient Armor) A neck guard of chain mall, hanging from the bascinet or other headpiece.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n camail A hood of chain-mail, whether attached to the hauberk or separate; specifically, that form of hood which was attached to the edge of the basinet. See basinet.
    • n camail A tippet or small mantle worn by some Roman Catholic clergy, with different edgings of fur to mark different ranks: sometimes confounded with the amice. Also called chap-de-mail.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. camail,cf. It. camaglio,), fr. L. caput, head + source of E. mail,

Usage

In literature:

It would be well that you should doff camail and greaves, Sir Nigel, for, by the black rood!
"The White Company" by Arthur Conan Doyle
The knight is clad in armour, viz., a spherical bascinet, with a camail of chain-mail.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury" by H. J. L. J. Massé
The final step was the discarding of the "camail" and the introduction of the "armet.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 2" by Various
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