Definition of femerell in English:

femerell

Line breaks: fem|er¦ell
Pronunciation: /ˈfɛm(ə)rɪl
 
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noun

historical
  • A louvre or covered opening on the roof of a kitchen or hall, for ventilation or to allow smoke to escape.
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    • The Gothic principle of "decorating structure" was freely applied and the femerells or louvers were often objects of much architectural interest.
    • Along the top of the roof there appears to liave been a sort of decorated parapet or fret-work; and in the middle rose the "femerell," or louvre, unfortunately destroyed about a century and a half ago.
    • Above the femerell, which must have been more magnificent than the present one, stood a metal griffin with a vane.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French fumeril 'louvre'.

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