Vair meaning

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A fur, probably squirrel, much used in medieval times to line and trim robes.
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A representation of fur.
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A fur, usually from a gray and white squirrel, used for trimming and lining clothes in the Middle Ages.
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The representation of a fur, indicated in engravings by rows of small bells, alternately upright and turned down.
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(archaic) A type of fur from a squirrel with a black back and white belly, much used on garments in the Middle Ages.
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(heraldry) An heraldic fur formed by a regular tessellation of blue and white bell shapes.
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Origin of vair

  • Middle English from Old French variegated, vair from Latin varius variegated
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Old French vair, veir, from the accusative singular masculine form of Latin varius (“variegated").
    From Wiktionary