VAIR, n. In heraldry, a kind of fur or doubling, consisting of divers little picees, argent and azure, resembling a bell-glass.
A kind of fur [of frequent occurrence in early heraldry; it is not now known of what animal. It is represented by little bell-shaped pieces alternately of two colors, and usually white and blue. – E. H. B.]
- The skin of the squirrel, much used in the
fourteenth century as fur for garments, and frequently mentioned by writers
of that period in describing the costly dresses of kings, nobles, and
prelates. It is represented in heraldry by a series of small shields placed
close together, and alternately white and blue.