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underfur

[uhn-der-fur] /ˈʌn dərˌfɜr/
noun
1.
the fine, soft, thick, hairy coat under the longer and coarser outer hair in certain animals, as seals, otters, and beavers.
Also called underwool.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; under- + fur
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  • The pelt consists of soft, thick underfur with long, glossy dark-red to dusky-brown guard hairs.
  • During the winter, their coat is replaced by white fur, but the hair is dusky at the base with a gray underfur.
  • The underfur next to the muskrat's body traps air and prevents its skin from getting wet.
  • Some individuals may have underfur tipped in brown, and these animals will have a brownish cast rather than gray.
  • Its pelt has short, dense underfur protected by longer, glossy guard hairs.
  • Describe the sea otter's fur, both the outer coat and underfur.
  • It is grizzled brownish-gray above, lighter underneath, with long coarse hair and a softer underfur.
  • The gray winter coat is comprised of longer guard hairs and a soft wooly underfur that provide insulation from the cold.
  • In contrast, a fur-bearing animal such as a mink loses its thick underfur in spring and grows a new coat before the next winter.
  • underfur is usually thick and wavy, not longer than an inch.
British Dictionary definitions for underfur

underfur

/ˈʌndəˌfɜː/
noun
1.
the layer of dense soft fur occurring beneath the outer coarser fur in certain mammals, such as the otter and seal Also called undercoat
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