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vair (vɛə



  1. a fur, probably Russian squirrel, used to trim robes in the Middle Ages
  2. one of the two principal furs used on heraldic shields, conventionally represented by white and blue skins in alternate lines . Compare ermine (sense 3

Word Origin

C13: from Old French: of more than one colour, from Latin varius variegated, various


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