from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A white or light gray fur used as a trim on medieval robes and on ceremonial robes of state.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A light gray or white fur used to trim the robes of judges or state executives, also used in medieval times.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fur esteemed in the Middle Ages as a part of costume. It is uncertain whether it was the fur of one animal only or of different animals.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mixed or spotted fur once commonly used for lining or trimming garments.
- n. In heraldry, a fur like vair, with the peculiarity that the escutcheon-miniver contains six or more horizontal rows of spots.
- n. The Siberian squirrel, which has fine white fur; also, the fur itself.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. trimming on ceremonial robes consisting of white or light grey fur
Middle English meniver, from Old French menu vair, small vair : menu, small; see minuet + vair, vair; see vair.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
from Old French menu vair ("squirrel, squirrel fur"), from menu ("small") + vair ("a type of fur") (Wiktionary)