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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition copyright ©2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
 
fur (fûr)
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n.
1. The thick coat of soft hair covering the skin of certain mammals.
2. The hair-covered, dressed pelt of such a mammal, used in making garments and as trimming or decoration.
3. A garment made of or lined with the dressed pelt of a mammal.
4. See fake fur.
5. A furlike coating: fur on the tongue.
tr.v. furred, fur·ring, furs
1. To cover, line, or trim with fur.
2. To cover or coat as if with fur.
3. To line (a wall or floor) with furring.

[Middle English furre, probably from furren, to line with fur, from Old French forrer, from forre, fuerre, sheath, lining, of Germanic origin; see pā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices

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