[ fur-fer ]

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.

Origin of furfur

1615–25; <Latin: bran, scaly infection

Words Nearby furfur

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How to use furfur in a sentence

  • The skin disease Pityriasis (tinea) versicolor was shown to be due to the Microsporon furfur by Eichstedt in 1846.

    The Fundamentals of Bacteriology | Charles Bradfield Morrey
  • Where her arms came out of it there was grey furfur round her neck, too, and her close-fitting cap was furry.

    Bliss, and Other Stories | Katherine Mansfield

British Dictionary definitions for furfur


/ (ˈfɜːfə) /

nounplural furfures (ˈfɜːfjʊˌriːz, -fəˌriːz)
  1. a scaling of the skin; dandruff

  2. any scale of the epidermis

Origin of furfur

C17: from Latin: bran, scurf

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