• The Jonesvillians, and the Loontowns, and the Zoarites came from fur and near
    The Jonesvillians, and the Loontowns, and the Zoarites came from fur and near
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fur dense coat of fine silky hairs on mammals (e.g., cat or seal or weasel)
    • n fur a garment made of the dressed hairy coat of a mammal
    • n fur the dressed hairy coat of a mammal
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Settlers trading with the Indians—bartering casting counters and other trade goods for furs. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) Settlers trading with the Indians—bartering casting counters and other trade goods for furs. (Conjectural sketch by...
Furred Law Cats Scrambling After the Crowns--5-13-564 Furred Law Cats Scrambling After the Crowns--5-13-564
What Does Hurd Take Me Fur, a Damned Jeweler What Does Hurd Take Me Fur, a Damned Jeweler
Young fur seals Young fur seals

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Before the fur trade had started in Canada, it was estimated that there were over 6 million beavers
    • Fur A coat of morbid matter collected on the tongue in persons affected with fever.
    • Fur Any coating considered as resembling fur
    • Fur Articles of clothing made of fur; as, a set of furs for a lady (a collar, tippet, or cape, muff, etc. "Wrapped up in my furs ."
    • a Fur Of or pertaining to furs; bearing or made of fur; as, a fur cap; the fur trade.
    • Fur (Her) One of several patterns or diapers used as tinctures. There are nine in all, or, according to some writers, only six.
    • Fur Strips of dressed skins with fur, used on garments for warmth or for ornament.
    • Fur The deposit formed on the interior of boilers and other vessels by hard water.
    • Fur The short, fine, soft hair of certain animals, growing thick on the skin, and distinguished from the hair, which is longer and coarser.
    • Fur The skins of certain wild animals with the fur; peltry; as, a cargo of furs.
    • Fur The soft, downy covering on the skin of a peach.
    • Fur To cover with morbid matter, as the tongue.
    • Fur To line, face, or cover with fur; as, furred robes. "You fur your gloves with reason."
    • Fur (Arch) To nail small strips of board or larger scantling upon, in order to make a level surface for lathing or boarding, or to provide for a space or interval back of the plastered or boarded surface, as inside an outer wall, by way of protection against damp.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur
    • n fur The short, fine, soft coat or pelage of certain animals, distinguished from the hair, which is longer and coarser, and more or less of which is generally present with it. Fur is one of the most perfect nonconductors of heat, and therefore a warm covering for animals in cold climates. It has always been largely used for human clothing, either on the skin or separated from it. The finest kinds, as those of the sable, ermine, furseal, beaver, otter, etc., are among the costliest of clothing materials, both from their rarity and from the amount of labor involved in their preparation.
    • n fur The skin of certain wild animals with the fur; peltry: as, a cargo of furs.
    • n fur Strips of skins bearing the natural fur, made in various forms, as capes, muffs, etc., and worn for warmth or ornament: used in the singular collectively, or in the plural. Fur—miniver or vair—was also formerly a mark of certain university degrees, and its use in certain cases was prescribed by statute, as in the statutes of the University of Paris, and in Laud's statutes of Oxford.
    • n fur Any natural covering or material regarded as resembling fur.
    • n fur Specifically— The soft down on the skin of a peach and on the leaves of some plants. More commonly called fuzz.
    • n fur A coat of morbid matter formed on the tongue, as in persons affected with fever.
    • n fur A coat or crust formed on the interior of a vessel by matter deposited from a liquid, as wine.
    • n fur Scale formed in a boiler.
    • n fur In sporting, a general term for furred animals, as in the phrase fur, fin, and feather. Compare feather, fin.
    • n fur Kind or class: from the use of particular furs as distinctive insignia.
    • n fur In the following passage the allusion is to the use of fur—miniver or vair—in some of the distinctive university costumes.
    • n fur One of several tinctures used in heraldry. Each fur represents an artificial surface composed of patches of different colors, supposed to be sewn together, or of tufts sewn upon a plain ground. The eight furs most usually depicted and blazoned are ermine, ermines, erminois, pean, vair, counter-vair, potent, and counter-potent; there are also erminites, vair-en-point vairé. Vairy cup pa and vairy tassa are names given to counter-vair. See meire.
    • fur Pertaining to or made of fur; producing fur: as, fur animals; a fur cap.
    • fur To line, face, or cover with fur: as, a furred robe.
    • fur To cover with morbid or foul matter; coat.
    • fur In carpentry, to nail strips of board nr timber to, as joists or rafters, in order to bring them to a level and range them into a straight surface, or as a wall or partition, for lathing or for forming an air-space between it and the plastering.
    • fur To clean off scale from the interior of (a boiler).
    • n fur A furrow; the space between two ridges.
    • fur A dialectal variant of far.
    • fur An abbreviation of furlong.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sea otters have the thickest fur of all animals.
    • n Fur fur the short, fine hair of certain animals: their skins with the fur prepared for garments: rabbits, hares, as opposed to partridges, pheasants (feathers):
    • v.t Fur to line with fur: to cover with morbid fur-like matter:—pr.p. fur′ring; pa.p. furred
    • n Fur fur (Milt.) kind or class, from the idea of particular furs being worn by way of distinction: a fur-like coating on the tongue, the interior of boilers, &c
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Through tattered clothes, small vices do appear. Robes and furred gowns hide all.”
  • Logan Pearsall Smith
    “Fine writers should split hairs together, and sit side by side, like friendly apes, to pick the fleas from each others fur.”


Cat fur and kitty britches - (USA) When I used to ask my grandma what was for dinner, she would say 'cat fur and kitty britches'. This was her Ozark way of telling me that I would get what she cooked. (Ozark is a region in the center of the United States)
Fur coat and no knickers - Someone with airs and graces, but no real class is fur coat and no knickers.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. furre, OF. forre, fuerre, sheath, case, of German origin; cf. OHG. fuotar, lining, case, G. futter,; akin to Icel. fōðr, lining, Goth. fōdr, scabbard; cf. Skr. pātra, vessel, dish. The German and Icel. words also have the sense, fodder, but this was probably a different word originally. Cf. Fodder food, Fother (v. t.) Forel (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. forre, fuerre, sheath.


In literature:

The chief presented the dancer with a fine fur robe when he ended; and, taking the calumet from his hand, gave it to an old man in the circle.
"Heroes of the Middle West" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Once I come across a French trapper who had been clean to the edge uv 'em, tradin' with the Injuns fur furs.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
But there is also a "prairie" district in the fur countries.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
What mowtn't be reet fur other lasses to do, is reet enow fur me.
"That Lass O' Lowrie's" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
He was a tall man, wearing an old fur coat and dilapidated fur cap; a rancher, she thought.
"Prescott of Saskatchewan" by Harold Bindloss
The fur cap upon his head had been dyed the green of the grass.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Of course I have got fur cloaks, one of them a very handsome one.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
Passed a resolution fur a Papist priest, didn't they?
"The Loyalist" by James Francis Barrett
I understand the fur posts were supplied by steamboats, at the height of the fur trade, anyhow.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
I said he would come in a huge fur coat.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

In poetry:

It's grand to finnd oot fur yoursen
T' waays of ither lands,
But theer is niver nobbut yan
We ooterly onderstands.
"T' Lahl Hoose " by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
Though ELLEN wore a plain silk gown
Untrimmed with lace or fur,
Yet not a husband in the town
But wished his wife like her.
"First Love" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And then they donned the rugs of fur,
The mittens, too, they wore;
And Curlilocks remarked to her,
"Now you must roar and roar."
"The Two Bears" by Carolyn Wells
Fur-wrapped and gemmed with pearls and gold,
Proud ladies rich and fair
As Egypt's splendid queen of old
In all her pomp are there.
"Christmas Eve" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
It's theer Ah planned 'at Ah wud be
While t' world Ah had to leave, . . .
But Ah live in a girt hoose noo,
An' fur my lahl hoose grieve;
"T' Lahl Hoose " by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
What fur a score of hard goin' miles?
A' fur t' sake of a lad who wiles
Wi' nobbut a score of kisses an' smiles!
Now whoa, my Jerry, now whoa.
"T' Lass to her Galloway* "Jerry"" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe

In news:

It isn't a parka , but it definitely is a very large and warm winter coat with a fur hood.
A Fur Person — Feline.
From a friend in a shaggy fur coat, to a potted plant or a skyscraper, their 20-by-16-inch black-and-white images are a frenzied documentation of the world around them.
Betsy Graver and Matthew William Chizever in GableStage's production of Venus in Fur.
Puffy and Brewski are looking for their fur-ever homes, waiting to greet you when you come home.
Psychedelic Furs keep audiences purring .
Take a trip back in time in this former fur-trading post, known for its historic charm and culinary offerings.
QUEBEC CITY , Quebec — On July 3, 1608, French explorer Samuel de Champlain founded a fur-trading post on the banks of the St Lawrence River.
Lord & Taylor Bans Raccoon Dog Fur from US Stores.
WASHINGTON, Sept 7, 2012 (AFP) – The raw meat dress worn by Lady Gaga at a 2010 awards ceremony will go on display Friday in the US capital alongside a fox fur worn by Billie Holiday and boots sported by Patti Smith.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals criticized her for appearing in fur.
Flying Fur and Ruffled Feathers.
I realize pets are part of the family but, just as I wouldn't want clothing or accessories made from my mom or sister's hair (my dad doesn't count, he's bald), I cringe at the idea of a scarf made from a pet's fur — fur that I collected.
Scarves , teddy bears and more made from your dog's fur.
Furs, tracks, scat & skulls.

In science:

Dzhunushaliev∗ Universit¨at Potsdam, Institute f¨ur Mathematik, 14469, Potsdam, Germany and Phys.
A String Approximation for Cooper Pair in High-T$_{\bf c}$ superconductivity
Johannes Richter Institut f¨ur Theoretische Physik, Universit¨at Magdeburg P.O.
Thermodynamic properties of the periodic nonuniform spin-1/2 isotropic XY chains in a transverse field
All computations were performed at the Max-Planck-Institut f¨ur Gravitationsphysik.
Simple excision of a black hole in 3+1 numerical relativity
Max-Planck-Institut f¨ur extraterrestrische Physik, Giessenbachstraße, 85748 Garching, Germany 2 University of Western Sydney Nepean, P.O.
AGN in the XMM-Newton first-light image as probes for the interstellar medium in the LMC
The XMM-Newton pro ject is supported by the Bundesministerium f¨ur Bildung und Forschung / Deutsches Zentrum f¨ur Luft- und Raumfahrt (BMBF/DLR), the Max-Planck Society and the Heidenhain-Stiftung.
AGN in the XMM-Newton first-light image as probes for the interstellar medium in the LMC