vair

noun
\ ˈver How to pronounce vair (audio) \

Definition of vair

: the bluish-gray and white fur of a squirrel prized for ornamental use in medieval times

First Known Use of vair

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vair

Middle English veir, borrowed from Anglo-French vair, noun derivative of vair "mottled, variegated," going back to Latin varius "variegated, varied" — more at various entry 1

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“Vair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vair. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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