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the act of lining, trimming, or clothing with fur: Furring this coat will take several weeks.
the fur used: What kind of furring would you like?
the formation of a coating of matter on something, as on the tongue: A heavy furring could mean a high fever.
Building Trades.
the attaching of strips of wood or the like (furring strips) to a wall or other surface, as to provide an even support for lath or to provide an air space between the wall and plasterwork.
material used for this purpose.

1350–1400; Middle English; see fur, -ing1

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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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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]

furring (ˈfɜːrɪŋ)
1.  a.  short for furring strip
 b.  the fixing of furring strips
 c.  furring strips collectively
2.  the formation of fur on the tongue
3.  trimming of animal fur, as on a coat or other garment, or furs collectively

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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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