fur

Fur is the fuzzy hair on an animal like a rabbit or a raccoon. One downside of having a cat or dog is that you often end up finding their fur all over your house.

Most mammals have fur, dense soft coats that protect them from becoming too cold or hot. Northern dog breeds, for example, have a double coat of fur, with the dense bottom coat keeping them warm even in the snow. Sometimes fur is used to mean "an animal's pelt" or "clothing made from the fur of an animal." The phrase "to make the fur fly" means "to cause serious trouble."

DEFINITIONS OF: fur

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n dense coat of fine silky hairs on mammals (e.g., cat or seal or weasel)

Types:
undercoat, underfur
thick soft fur lying beneath the longer and coarser guard hair
Type of:
coat, pelage
growth of hair or wool or fur covering the body of an animal

n the dressed hairy coat of a mammal

Synonyms:
pelt
Types:
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astrakhan
the fur of young lambs
bearskin
the pelt of a bear (sometimes used as a rug)
beaver, beaver fur
the soft brown fur of the beaver
chinchilla
the expensive silvery grey fur of the chinchilla
ermine
the expensive white fur of the ermine
fox
the grey or reddish-brown fur of a fox
lambskin
the skin of a lamb with the wool still on
lapin, rabbit
the fur of a rabbit
leopard
the pelt of a leopard
mink
the expensive fur of a mink
muskrat, muskrat fur
the brown fur of a muskrat
otter
the fur of an otter
raccoon
the fur of the North American racoon
sable
the expensive dark brown fur of the marten
seal, sealskin
the pelt or fur (especially the underfur) of a seal
squirrel
the fur of a squirrel
broadtail
the fur of a very young karakul lamb
Persian lamb
the fur of a karakul lamb
hudson seal
muskrat fur dressed to simulate sealskin
Type of:
animal skin
the outer covering of an animal

n a garment made of the dressed hairy coat of a mammal

Type of:
garment
an article of clothing
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