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In heraldry a fur is one of the types of tinctures (along with colours and metals). There are many varieties of furs, including ermine, counter-ermine, erminois, pean, and vair.

In the period arts of painting and drawing, fur is used to make paintbrushes. The fur of squirrels, different kinds of weasels, hogs, goats and even wolves were often used for this purpose.