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[uhn-der-fur] /ˈʌn dərˌfɜr/
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 of underfur
1875-80; under- + fur Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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


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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