Middle English Dictionary Entry

grei n.(2)
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(a) A gray fur, prob. the fur from the back of the Eurasian red squirrel Sciurus vulgaris in winter; red (ruskin) ~, the fur of the Eurasian red squirrel in winter; tristi (tresti) ~, ?error for cristi ~, q.v.; ~ cristi [= cristi ~]; combs., connoting expensive clothing: fou and ~, mixed and pure gray fur [cp. OF vair et gris]; gris and ~; ~ and grene, grene and ~; (b) in cpds.: ~ werk, ~ ware, gray furs; goods made from gray fur, prob. squirrel skins.