miniver

miniver

[min-uh-ver]
noun
1.
(in the Middle Ages) a fur of white or spotted white and gray used for linings and trimmings. Compare vair ( def 1 ).
2.
any white fur, particularly that of the ermine, used especially on robes of state.
Also, minever.


Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English meniver < Middle French menu vair small vair; see menu

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miniver (ˈmɪnɪvə)
 
n
white fur, used in ceremonial costumes
 
[C13: from Old French menu vair, from menu small + vair variegated fur, vair]

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