There are 2 definitions of fur in English:

fur1

Syllabification: fur
Pronunciation: /fər
 
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noun

1The short, fine, soft hair of certain animals: a long, lean, muscular cat with sleek fur
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  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1The skin of an animal with fur on it.
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  • 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.
1.2Skins with fur on them, or fabrics resembling these, used as material for making, trimming, or lining clothes: jackets made out of yak fur [as modifier]: a fur coat
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  • 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.
1.3A garment made of, trimmed, or lined with fur: she pulled the fur around her
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  • 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.
1.4 Heraldry Any of several heraldic tinctures representing animal skins in stylized form (e.g., ermine, vair).
2British A coating formed by hard water on the inside surface of a pipe, kettle, or other container.
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  • 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 as a symptom of sickness.
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  • 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)

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1 [as adjective, often in combination] (furred) Covered with or made from a particular type of fur: silky-furred lemurs
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  • 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.
2British Coat or clog with a deposit: the stuff that furs up coronary arteries
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  • 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.
3Fix strips of wood to (floor joists, wall studs, etc.) in order to level them or increase their depth.
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  • 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.

Origin

Middle English (as a verb): from Old French forrer 'to line, sheathe', from forre 'sheath', of Germanic origin.

Phrases

fur and feather

Game mammals and birds.
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  • ‘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.

make the fur fly

informal Cause serious, perhaps violent, trouble.
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  • 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.

Derivatives

furless

adjective
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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.

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There are 2 definitions of fur in English:

Fur2

Line breaks: Fur
Pronunciation: /fʊə, fəː/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun (plural same)

1A member of a Muslim people of the mountainous and desert regions of SW Sudan.
2 [mass noun] The language of the Fur, an isolated member of the Nilo-Saharan family, with about 500,000 speakers.

adjective

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Relating to the Fur or their language.

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