A type of fur from a squirrel with a black back and white belly, much used on garments in the Middle Ages.
An heraldic fur formed by a regular tessellation of blue and white bell shapes.
Origin: From vair, veir, from the accusative singular masculine form of varius.
the skin of the squirrel, much used in the fourteenth century as fur for garments, and frequently mentioned by writers of that period in describing the costly dresses of kings, nobles, and prelates. It is represented in heraldry by a series of small shields placed close together, and alternately white and blue
Origin: [F. vair, from OF. vair, a., L. varius various, variegated. See Various, and cf. Meniver.]
Vair is the heraldic representation of patches of squirrel fur in an alternating pattern of blue and white. As a tincture, vair is considered a fur and is therefore exempted from the Rule of tincture. Variations of vair are laid out in different patterns, each with their own name. Vair may also be differently coloured, but this is blazoned as "Vairy of [tincture] and [tincture]", where one tincture must be a metal and the other a colour.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
vār, n. (her.) a kind of fur, the skin of the squirrel, bluish-gray on the back and white on the belly, represented by blue and white shields or bells in horizontal rows.—adjs. Vairé, Vairy (vā′ri), charged or variegated with vair. [O. Fr.,—L. varius, variegated.]
The numerical value of vair in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of vair in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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