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From Middle English furgh, forow, from Old English furh, from Proto-Germanic *furhs (compare Saterland Frisian fuurge, Dutch voor, German Furche, Swedish fåra), from Proto-Indo-European *porḱos (compare Welsh rhych ‎(furrow), Latin porca ‎(lynchet), Lithuanian prapar̃šas ‎(ditch), Sanskrit पर्शान ‎(párśāna, chasm)).



furrow ‎(plural furrows)

  1. A trench cut in the soil, as when plowed in order to plant a crop.
    Don't walk across that deep furrow in the field.
  2. Any trench, channel, or groove, as in wood or metal.
  3. A deep wrinkle in the skin of the face, especially on the forehead.
    When she was tired, a deep furrow appeared on her forehead.


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furrow ‎(third-person singular simple present furrows, present participle furrowing, simple past and past participle furrowed)

  1. (transitive) To make (a) groove, a cut(s) in (the ground etc.).
    Cart wheels can furrow roads.
  2. (transitive) To wrinkle
  3. (transitive) To pull one's brows or eyebrows together due to worry, concentration etc.
    Leave me alone so I can furrow my brows and concentrate.


  • (to pull one's brows or eyebrows together): frown


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