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noun, plural fur·fur·es [fur-fyuh-reez, -fuh-] /ˈfɜr fyəˌriz, -fə-/.
  1. the formation of flakelike particles on the surface of the skin, as of dandruff.
  2. furfures, these particles.
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Origin of furfur

1615–25; < Latin: bran, scaly infection
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British Dictionary definitions for furfur


noun plural furfures (ˈfɜːfjʊˌriːz, -fəˌriːz)
  1. a scaling of the skin; dandruff
  2. any scale of the epidermis
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin: bran, scurf
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