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Definition of the noun Vair
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noun - plural: vairs
- [archaic] A type of fur from a squirrel with a black back and white belly, much used on garments in the Middle Ages.
- [tincture] An heraldic fur formed by a regular tessellation of blue and white bell shapes.
- The Vair is a 65.3 km river in Vosges in Lorraine in northeastern France. It rises in Dombrot-le-Sec and flows generally northwest to join the Meuse at Maxey-sur-Meuse.
- part of France
- Vair a.k.a. Vair, Texas: Vair is a town in Trinity County, Texas, located on Highway 94. It was established after 1900. Is it best known as where the county line bars are located. However, the bars lost most business after Angelina county passed to sell alcohol. No population estimates are available.
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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 its 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.
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by Nathaniel Whittock
The vair is a little animal, found in Africa, whose skin is white under the belly, but grey upon the back. Ermine is represented in heraldry, as in Fig. 3. Plate LXI*. This is a field argent, with small points or spots, sable, in the form of a triangle, with ...
Or Monthly Chronologer, 1741-1794
The vair is a little creature called by the Latins varus : some say it is a kind of a poli-cat, found in the east or in Africa, whose skin is white under the belly, and bluish grey on the back; and when the head and feet of that beast are taken from its ...
Comprising Ancient and Modern Military Technical Terms, Historical Accounts of All North American Indians, as Well as Ancient Warlike Tribes; Also Notices of Battles from the Earliest Period to the Present Time, with a Concise Explanation of Terms Used in Heraldry and the Offices Thereof. The Work Also Gives Valuable Geographical Information by Thomas Wilhelm
Vair. In heraldry, tinctures are either of metal, ...
An Analytical Dictionary of the English Language in which the words are explained in the order of their natural affinity, independent of alphabetical arrangement, and the signification of each is traced from its etymology ... To which are added, an introduction, containing a new grammar of the language, and an alphabetical index, etc (1835)
by David BOOTH (Author of the Analytical Dictionary.)
The old French VAIR (Latin varius) is described as having had a white belly and a blueish dove-coloured back; which different colours, it is said, were joined in patches of regular forms when used for fur robes. In the fantastic language of ...
in which the words are explained in the order of their natural affinity by Daniel Booth
The old French Vair (Latin varius) is described as having had a white belly and a blueish dove-coloured back; which different colours, it is said, were joined in patches of regular forms when used for fur robes. In the fantastic language of ...
by Abraham Rees
Ermine Ermines Erminois Pean Potent Counter Potent Vair Counter Vair Hat Cardinal, x B. Hatchments, xi. Helmets Heraldic, xii. B要ron and Knight Efquire Nobility ○ 9ret &g of the_British Sovereign xi. King of Arms Heraldic Crown of xi.
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Scrabble value of V4A1I1R1
The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.
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