fur-ring strips

furring

[fur-ing]
noun
1.
the act of lining, trimming, or clothing with fur: Furring this coat will take several weeks.
2.
the fur used: What kind of furring would you like?
3.
the formation of a coating of matter on something, as on the tongue: A heavy furring could mean a high fever.
4.
Building Trades.
a.
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.
b.
material used for this purpose.

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

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furring (ˈfɜːrɪŋ)
 
n
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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fur
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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