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Fur

Fur

1. The short, fine, soft hair of certain animals, growing thick on the skin, and distinguished from the hair, which is longer and coarser.

2. The skins of certain wild animals with the fur; peltry; as, a cargo of furs.

3. Strips of dressed skins with fur, used on garments for warmth or for ornament.

4. Articles of clothing made of fur; as, a set of furs for a lady (a collar, tippet, or cape, muff, etc). Wrapped up in my furs. (lady M. W. Montagu)

5. Any coating considered as resembling fur; as: a coat of morbid matter collected on the tongue in persons affected with fever.

The soft, downy covering on the skin of a peach.

The deposit formed on the interior of boilers and other vessels by hard water.

6. One of several patterns or diapers used as tinctures. There are nine in all, or, according to some writers, only six.

Origin: oe. Furre, OF. Forre, fuerre, sheatth, case, of german origin; cf. OHG. Fuotar lining, case, g. Futter; akin to Icel. Fr lining, goth. Fdr, scabbard; cf. Skr. Ptra vessel, dish. The german and Icel. Words also have the sense, fodder, but this was probably a different word originally. Cf. Fodder food, Fother, Forel.

Of or pertaining to furs; bearing or made of fur; as, a fur cap; the fur trade.

(Science: zoology) fur seal one of several species of seals of the genera Callorhinus and Arclocephalus, inhabiting the North Pacific and the Antarctic oceans. They have a coat of fine and soft fur which is highly prized. The northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus) breeds in vast numbers on the Prybilov i 433 slands, off the coast of Alaska.

Synonym: sea bear. The dressed hairy coat of a mammal.Dense coat of fine silky hairs on mammals (e.g., cat or seal or weasel).A thick layer of fine hair that grows on mammals to reduce heat loss and provide a degree of protection.


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