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miniver

[min-uh-ver] /ˈmɪn ə vər/
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
1250-1300; Middle English meniver < Middle French menu vair small vair; see menu
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British Dictionary definitions for miniver

miniver

/ˈmɪnɪvə/
noun
1.
white fur, used in ceremonial costumes
Word Origin
C13: from Old French menu vair, from menu small + vair variegated fur, vair
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Word Origin and History for miniver
n.

fur lining and trimming in a garment, c.1300, from Old French menu vair "minor fur;" see menu + vair.

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