noun (plural same)
- 1A member of a Muslim people of the mountainous and desert regions of SW Sudan.More example sentences
- He believes that the non-Arabs in Sudan - an alliance of Southerners and marginalised groups in northern Sudan, such as the Fur - form a numerical majority and should dominate a secular, pluralist and united Sudan.
- Darfur means ‘Homeland of the Fur, ‘the name of one of the remote region's sedentary, non-Arab tribes.’
- Low-level fighting among communities in western Sudan (all of which are Muslim) has been endemic since the late 1980s, when a war broke out between the Arabs and the Fur, two of the ethnic groups involved in the present conflict.
- 2 [mass noun] The language of the Fur, an isolated member of the Nilo-Saharan family, with about 500,000 speakers.More example sentences
- The atrocities carried out by the Janjawiid are aimed at speakers of Fur, Tunjur, Masalit and Zaghawa.
- Today's New York Times has a story about the on-going spread of Arabic at the expense of the languages of Western Sudan, such as Fur and Daju.
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- Relating to the Fur or their language.More example sentences
- As governor of Darfur, al-Tayeb Ibrahim made a point of praising the Fur for their piety and took lessons in the Fur language.
- Human Rights Watch spent 25 days in West Darfur and the vicinity, documenting abuses in rural areas that were previously populated by Masalit and Fur communities.
- Before that, Darfur was under the control of the indigenous Fur sultanate.
- 1 [mass noun] The short, fine, soft hair of certain animals: a long, lean, muscular cat with sleek furMore example sentences
- Camel hair is from the extremely soft and fine fur from the undercoat of the camel.
- The females in particular were sought after for their fine, soft fur.
- Its fur was soft and fine as she gave it a gentle pat on the head.
- 1.1 [count noun] The skin of an animal with fur on it: the trapper can sell his furs to the highest bidderMore example sentences
- They were comfortable in the warm southern sunshine, but felt strange to one who had worn nothing but animal skins and furs all his life.
- While it is widely acceptable to object to eating flesh, wearing skins and furs, and sport-hunting of non-human animals, the objection to vivisection is relatively muted in comparison.
- That's why, for much of history, furs and skins from the more aggressive carnivores have been an essential part of the ceremonial dress of kings, emperors and dictators.
- 1.2Animal skin with fur on it, or fabric resembling this, used in making or trimming garments: a Parka with nylon fur round the hood [as modifier]: a fur coatMore example sentences
- He was also wearing a coat with fur trim on the hood and a beret which had a badge on the front.
- People in towns and cities tend to wear modern clothes made of manufactured cloth, perhaps with fur coats and hats in winter.
- Leather and/or fur hats can look great on older men who want to keep warm while maintaining their refined, polished look.
- 1.3 [count noun] A coat, cape, or similar garment made of fur: I’d just seen her sitting in her fursMore example sentences
- Walk in, and you'll find everything from funky furs to elegant dress coats.
- He used vivid shocking pink dyed furs atop huge enveloping coats.
- He intended to store winter garments and furs for people for a fee.
- 2British A coating formed by hard water on the inside surface of a pipe, kettle, or other container: fur or scale, not just in kettles but in other hidden parts of the hot-water systemMore example sentences
- It, together with calcium carbonate, or the chalk of limestone deposits, is what makes water ‘hard’ and furs up the kettle.
- 2.1A coating formed on the tongue, typically as a symptom of sickness.More example sentences
- Just had a bit of breakfast and I'm now trying to get the fur off my tongue while writing this.
- When the functions of an internal organ are disrupted, the symptoms can be discerned in the complexion, eyes, color, voice and texture of the tongue fur.
verb (furs, furring, furred)[with object] Back to top
- 1British Coat or clog with a deposit: the stuff that furs up coronary arteriesMore example sentences
- Most angina is due to disease of the coronary arteries that results when the arteries fur up with fatty deposits.
- When these arteries fur up with fatty cholesterol deposits, the heart muscle doesn't receive enough blood to work properly.
- Along with obvious risks of heart disease like smoking or being overweight is the danger posed by cholesterol. It is the fatty substance produced in the liver furs up coronary arteries.
- 2 (as adjective, often in combination furred) Covered with or made from a particular type of fur: the black-furred rabbitMore example sentences
- These are unique among mammals, consisting of bony cores covered by furred skin.
- If anything, their populations are growing - to the point where city hall wants Montrealers to be a little less friendly with their furred and feathered friends.
- What we see in their clothes is the waist-cinch: her red seamy bodice, his jacket, furred collars and cuffs.
- 3Level (floor or wall timbers) by inserting strips of wood: the drain could be concealed by furring out the original wallMore example sentences
- You can accomplish both those tasks by furring the floor up using lumber and plywood.
- If headroom is more limited, furring down the ceiling and then covering it with a finished material is a possible solution.
- The insertion of a separate air barrier may add additional cost but can be accomplished with relative ease with masonry cavity or veneer walls or walls containing an interior finish, such as furred drywall.
be all fur coat and no knickers
- British • informal Have an impressive or sophisticated appearance which belies the fact that there is nothing to substantiate it: the government’s policies are all fur coat and no knickersMore example sentences
- The parliament has already had advice sessions from the head of Glasgow Council's media relations, John Brown, on how to counter the image of being all fur coat and no knickers.
- We keep it real, they're all fur coat and no knickers (as the saying goes)
- But it was all fur coat and no knickers, lacking any real delight under the drama of its colouring.
fur and feather
- Game mammals and birds.More example sentences
- ‘If you are in London you perceive Scotland as a recreational land, a land of fin, fur and feather,’ he says.
- New EU regulations have banned such displays because, it alleged, mixing fur and feather with meat is a health hazard.
- There will also be one of the biggest fur and feather sections in the county, and the farmer's market is returning by popular demand.
the fur will fly
- • informal There will be serious or violent trouble: you’re feeling decidedly neurotic and this might well lead to frustration where the fur may flyMore example sentences
- No formal action has yet been taken, but if the case goes to court, friends predict, the fur will fly.
- An arched tail with the fur fluffed means ‘this is my territory - hang around and the fur will fly!’
- She expects that the fur will fly (but only figuratively, for sure) at Princeton, and right away she offers her view on one subject on the agenda.
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- Also, pugs are furless, ideal for the summer and require less grooming.
- The dog will survive the painful burn but faces a difficult, furless existence.
- Between 14 and 18 immature newborns - blind, furless and the size of navy beans - clamber up through the mother's belly fur and enter her pouch.
Middle English (as a verb): from Old French forrer 'to line, sheathe', from forre 'sheath', of Germanic origin.