Definition of femerell in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    stack, smokestack
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Late Middle English: from Old French fumeril ‘louvre’.