or Calaber. A Calabrian fur. Ducange says, “At Chichester the `priest vicars' and at St. Paul's the `minor canons' wore a calabre amyce;” and Bale, in his Image of Both Churches, alludes to the “fair rochets of Raines (Rennes), and costly grey amicës of calaber and cats' tails.”
“The Lord Mayor and those aldermen above the chair ought to have their coats furred with grey amis, and also with changeable taffeta; and those below the chair with calabre and with green taffeta.” —Hutton: New View of London.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894