From Latin furfur (“bran”), reduplication of *fur, from *gʰur-, metathesis of Proto-Indo-European *gʰrus- (compare Lithuanian grū́sti (“to grind (barley)”), Ancient Greek χρώς (khrṓs, “skin, husk”)).
furfur (usually uncountable, plural furfures)
- (archaic, countable) a particle of dandruff
- (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.
Possibly from Proto-Indo-European *gʰur-
furfur m (genitive furfuris); third declension
- bran, husks of grain
- scaly infection of the skin