October 13, 2013
fur (noun)
\FER\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a piece of the pelt of an animal2 : an article of clothing made with fur3 : the hairy coat of a mammal especially when fine, soft, and thick
How do you use it?
Andrea's long-haired cat, Tiggy, takes great pride in her fine fur and uses her rough tongue to lick it clean at every opportunity.
Are you a word wiz?

The noun "fur" originally had a meaning different from the meanings it has today. What do you think it originally meant?

You can get a warm and fuzzy feeling from D. When the word "fur" first came into English, it was a verb that meant "to line a person's garment with the soft hair of an animal." This verb was taken from the early French verb "furrer," meaning "to stuff, fill, line," and could be traced to an earlier French word meaning "a sheathe" that encases a knife or sword. The noun, which developed from the verb, first referred to the animal hair that was used for lining and trimming a garment. Then it came to refer to the hairy coat on the animal itself.
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