the fine, soft, thick, hairy coat of the skin of a mammal.
the skin of certain animals, as the sable, ermine, or beaver, covered with such a coat, used for lining, trimming, or making garments.
a garment made of fur.
any coating resembling or suggesting fur, as certain matter on the tongue.
Heraldry. any conventional representation of a fur, as ermine, vair, potent, or their variations.
of or pertaining to fur, animal skins, dressed pelts, etc.: a fur coat; a fur trader.
verb (used with object), furred, furring.
to line, face, or trim, with fur, as a garment.
Building Trades. to apply furring to (a wall, ceiling, etc.).
to clothe (a person) with fur.
to coat with foul or deposited matter.
make the fur fly,
to cause a scene or disturbance, especially of a violent nature; make trouble: When the kids got mad they really made the fur fly.
to do things quickly: She always makes the fur fly when she types.

1300–50; Middle English furre (noun), derivative of furren to trim with fur < Anglo-French furrer, Old French fo(u)rrer orig. to encase, derivative of fuerre sheath < Germanic; akin to Old English fōdder case, sheath, Old Norse fōthr, Greek pṓma

furless, adjective

fir, fur.
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furlong; furlongs.
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fur (fɜː)
1.  the dense coat of fine silky hairs on such mammals as the cat, seal, and mink
2.  a.  the dressed skin of certain fur-bearing animals, with the hair left on
 b.  (as modifier): a fur coat
3.  a garment made of fur, such as a coat or stole
4.  a.  a pile fabric made in imitation of animal fur
 b.  a garment made from such a fabric
5.  heraldry any of various stylized representations of animal pelts or their tinctures, esp ermine or vair, used in coats of arms
6.  informal a whitish coating of cellular debris on the tongue, caused by excessive smoking, an upset stomach, etc
7.  (Brit) a whitish-grey deposit consisting chiefly of calcium carbonate precipitated from hard water onto the insides of pipes, boilers, and kettles
8.  make the fur fly to cause a scene or disturbance
vb , furs, furring, furred
9.  (tr) to line or trim a garment, etc, with fur
10.  (often foll by up) to cover or become covered with a furlike lining or deposit
11.  (tr) to clothe (a person) in a fur garment or garments
[C14: from Old French forrer to line a garment, from fuerre sheath, of Germanic origin; related to Old English fōdder case, Old Frisian fōder coat lining]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, probably from O.Fr. fourrer "to line, sheathe," from fuerre "sheath, covering," from Frank. *fodr (cf. O.H.G. >*poul-/*pul-fotar "a cover"), from P.Gmc. *fothram "sheath." The n. (mid-14c.) is from the verb. It was first applied early 15c. to "animal hair still on the animal."
"I'le make the fur Flie 'bout the eares of the old Cur." [Butler, "Hudibras," 1663]
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see make the dust (fur) fly.

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fine, soft, hairy covering or coat of mammals that has been important to humankind throughout history, chiefly for warmth but also for decorative and other purposes.

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Example sentences
Fur must reflect light realistically, and long hair should wave around as the
  character moves.
Moreover, animals often seem to groom each other for far longer than is
  strictly necessary to keep their fur pristine.
The unusual animals are the result of a recessive gene that grants them snowy
  white coats instead of the normal golden fur.
The adventurers did not themselves hunt the fur-bearing animals, hunting the
  natives instead.
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