furfur

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin furfur (bran), reduplication of *fur, from *gʰur-, metathesis of Proto-Indo-European *gʰrus- (compare Lithuanian grū́sti (to grind (barley)), Ancient Greek χρως (khrōs, skin, husk)).

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Noun[edit]

furfur (plural furfures)

  1. (archaic, countable) a particle of dandruff
  2. (archaic, uncountable) dandruff
    • 1964, Anthony Burgess, Nothing Like the Sun
      ‘Aye,’ said WS, still in bed, scratching his baldness, examining the furfur in his fingernails.

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Latin[edit]

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Noun[edit]

furfur m (genitive furfuris); third declension

  1. bran, husks of grain
  2. scaly infection of the skin

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