Definition of camail in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkameɪl/

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A piece of chain mail attached to the headpiece and protecting the neck and shoulders: Turkish helmets fitted with a camail
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  • The thin plate which covered the edge of the camail is perforated with trefoil decoration.
  • By the middle of the century the crowns had been lowered, the skull piece extended to cover the sides and back of the head, and the camail added.
  • 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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