furfur

[ fur-fer ]
/ ˈfɜr fər /

noun, plural fur·fur·es [fur-fyuh-reez, -fuh-] /ˈfɜr fyəˌriz, -fə-/.

the formation of flakelike particles on the surface of the skin, as of dandruff.
furfures, these particles.

Nearby words

  1. furcal,
  2. furcate,
  3. furcation,
  4. furcula,
  5. furculum,
  6. furfuraceous,
  7. furfural,
  8. furfuraldehyde,
  9. furfuran,
  10. furfurol

Origin of furfur

1615–25; < Latin: bran, scaly infection

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British Dictionary definitions for furfur

furfur

/ (ˈfɜːfə) /

noun plural furfures (ˈfɜːfjʊˌriːz, -fəˌriːz)

a scaling of the skin; dandruff
any scale of the epidermis

Word Origin for furfur

C17: from Latin: bran, scurf

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