Definition of femerell in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfɛm(ə)rɪl/


A louvre or covered opening on the roof of a kitchen or hall, for ventilation or to allow smoke to escape.
Example sentences
  • 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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