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- n. Plural form of ventail.
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(And in winter something stirring and extra in the smoke pouring through the fellow's ventails, as if breath were a sign of rage or what would not then have been called steam a signal of spirit) ....
He maketh them take off their helmets and lower their ventails, and then kiss one another, afterward he leadeth them to his hermitage.
For all that he would not leave; and then Sir Tristram gave him such a buffet upon the helm that he fell up-so-down from his horse, that the blood brast out at the ventails of his helm, and so he lay still likely to be dead.