One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Plain white fur used for lining or trimming clothes.
- ‘He had no light-weight mantle, only the green one trimmed with gold wire and lined with miniver.’
- ‘A fifteenth-century observer described artist's brushes made of miniver fur mounted in quill handles.’
Middle English: from Old French menu vair ‘little vair’, from menu ‘little’ + vair ‘squirrel fur’ (see vair).
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