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

Word History


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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vair was in the 13th century

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“Vair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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