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camail Line breaks: cam¦ail
Pronunciation: /ˈkameɪl/

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Definition of camail in English:


A piece of chain mail attached to the headpiece and protecting the neck and shoulders: Turkish helmets fitted with a camail
More example sentences
  • The other day they threw over me one of these camails; and a pleasant figure it made of me.
  • Beneath all this, he wore a coif of mail, which was more close fitting than the camail and was held in place by means of a leather strap around his temples.
  • The basinets were formed into a sharp point, with a camail attached.


Early 19th century: French, from Provençal capmalh, from cap 'head' + malh mail2.

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