Hypertext Webster Gateway: "fur"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Fur \Fur\ (f[^u]r), n. [OE. furre, OF. forre, fuerre, sheath,
case, of German origin; cf. OHG. fuotar lining, case, G.
futter; akin to Icel. f[=o][eth]r lining, Goth. f[=o]dr,
scabbard; cf. Skr. p[=a]tra 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.]
1. The short, fine, soft hair of certain animals, growing
thick on the skin, and distinguished from the hair, which
is longer and coarser.

2. The skins of certain wild animals with the fur; peltry;
as, a cargo of furs.

3. Strips of dressed skins with fur, used on garments for
warmth or for ornament.

4. pl. 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. --Lady M. W.

5. Any coating considered as resembling fur; as:
(a) A coat of morbid matter collected on the tongue in
persons affected with fever.
(b) The soft, downy covering on the skin of a peach.
(c) The deposit formed on the interior of boilers and
other vessels by hard water.

6. (Her.) One of several patterns or diapers used as
tinctures. There are nine in all, or, according to some
writers, only six. --See Tincture.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Fur \Fur\, a.
Of or pertaining to furs; bearing or made of fur; as, a fur
cap; the fur trade.

{Fur seal} (Zo["o]l.) one of several species of seals of the
genera {Callorhinus} and {Arclocephalus}, inhabiting the
North Pacific and the Antarctic oceans. They have a coat
of fine and soft fur which is highly prized. The northern
fur seal ({Callorhinus ursinus}) breeds in vast numbers on
the Prybilov Islands, off the coast of Alaska; -- called
also {sea bear}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Fur \Fur\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Furred}; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To line, face, or cover with fur; as, furred robes. ``You
fur your gloves with reason.'' --Shak.

2. To cover with morbid matter, as the tongue.

3. (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. --Gwill.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the dressed hairy coat of a mammal [syn: {pelt}]
2: dense coat of fine silky hairs on an mammals e.g. cat or
seal or weasel
3: a garment made of fur

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