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Topic: CLOTHES

Date: 1300-1400
Origin: fur 'to cover the inside of with fur' (14-19 centuries), from Old French forrer, from forre 'inside covering'

fur

1 noun
     
fur
fur1
1 [uncountable]HBA the thick soft hair that covers the bodies of some animals, such as cats, dogs, and rabbits furry (1)
fur
2 [uncountable and countable]HBA the skin of a dead animal with the fur still attached:
a fur coat
a fur-lined jacket
a ban on fur farming (=keeping and killing animals for their fur)
3 [countable]DCC a coat or piece of clothing made of fur:
Lady Yolanda was swathed in elegant furs.
4 [uncountable] a material that looks and feels like fur
imitation/fake/artificial etc fur
a pair of gloves trimmed with fake fur
5 [uncountable] a harmful or unpleasant substance that sometimes forms on surfaces that are always wet, such as water pipes [= scale]
6

the fur flies

used to say that an angry argument or fight starts:
If you're both feeling frustrated, the fur may fly.
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