from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A clasp or catch for mail or costume: same as agraffe, 1.
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Elle avoit aux oreilles un fermail (anneau) large et plat, orn� de plusieurs pierres pr閏ieuses, et particuli鑢ement de rubis.
He wore a white silken tunic, the border richly embroidered in gold; a crimson dalmatic covered with golden stars; a mantle of blue samite, fastened on the right shoulder with a golden fermail set with a large ruby; and red hose, crossed by golden bands all up the leg.
_ See _Fermaile_. [elsewhere spelled “fermail”] _Saltire.
Elle avoit aux oreilles un fermail (anneau) large et plat, orné de plusieurs pierres précieuses, et particulièrement de rubis.
Moreover, he let hang a fermail on his breast, wherein were pearls whose like were never seen, together with other precious stones galore, and on his either side he caused set two great basins of gold, full of doubloons, and many strings of pearls and rings and girdles and other things, which it were tedious to recount, round about him.