One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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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- ‘Above the femerell, which must have been more magnificent than the present one, stood a metal griffin with a vane.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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."’
- ‘The Gothic principle of "decorating structure" was freely applied and the femerells or louvers were often objects of much architectural interest.’
Late Middle English: from Old French fumeril ‘louvre’.
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