A louvre or covered opening on the roof of a kitchen or hall, for ventilation or to allow smoke to escape.
- Thomas Johnson of London carved the "Kynge's beasts" on the battlements and on the femerell or lantern of the great Hall.
- In the Book of Wolsey's Expenses at Christ Church, Oxford, is an entry relating to the "femerell of the new kitchen."
- Above the femerell, which must have been more magnificent than the present one, stood a metal griffin with a vane.
Late Middle English: from Old French fumeril 'louvre'.
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