fer·​mail | \ ˈfərˌmāl \

Definition of fermail

: a medieval clasp for clothing especially : a late medieval English or French closed-ring brooch worn by both sexes (as to close a robe at the throat)

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History and Etymology for fermail

Middle French fermail, fermaille, from Medieval Latin firmaculum, from Latin firmare to make fast + -culum -cle (verb)

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“Fermail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fermail. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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