Fur is a synonym for hair, used in reference to non-human animals, usually mammals; particularly those with extensive body hair coverage. The term is sometimes used to refer to the body hair of an animal as a complete coat, also known as the "pelage". Fur is also used to refer to animal pelts which have been processed into leather with the hair still attached. The words fur or furry are also used, more casually, to refer to hair-like growths or formations; particularly when the subject being referred to exhibits a dense coat of fine, soft "hairs."

Animal fur, if layered, rather than grown as a single coat, may consist of short ground hair, long guard hair, and, in some cases, medium awn hair. Mammals with reduced amounts of fur are often called "naked", as in The Naked Ape, naked mole rat, and naked dogs.

An animal with commercially valuable fur is known within the fur industry as a furbearer. The use of fur as clothing and/or decoration is considered controversial by some people: most animal rights advocates object to the trapping and killing of wildlife, and to the confinement and killing of animals on fur farms.

Fur has been a major challenge for 3D computer graphics artists due to its visual complexity and physical properties. The first movie which made extensive use of CGI fur was Pixar's 2001 film Monsters, Inc..

Read more about Fur:  Nature of Fur, Use in Clothing, Controversy

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Wearable - Political Issues - Fur
... Main article Fur clothing The use of animal fur in clothing dates to prehistoric times ... expensive, designer clothing, although fur is still used by indigenous people in arctic zones and higher elevations for its warmth and protection ... other animal rights and animal liberation groups have called attention to fur farming and other practices they consider cruel ...
Tibetan Fur
... Tibetan fur refers to the white wool of the Tibetan lamb ... long, and has a slight waiviness to it, is the only curly long-haired fur, making it popular for doll's hair ...
Fur - Controversy
... of wildlife, and the confinement and killing of animals on fur farms ... Society International, over 8 million animals are trapped yearly for fur, while more than 30 million were raised in fur farms ... According to Statistics Canada, 2.6 million fur-bearing animals raised on farms were killed in 2010 ...
Dolphinz - Creature Design
... Colors There are 10 default fur colors that occur naturally in the game ... Eye color is not restricted to the 10 default fur colors ... Textures Textures cover the ballz, imitating fur and stripes ...
George W. Ebbert - Early Life
... so he abandoned the plans and joined William Sublette as a fur trapper ... In August 1830, he was bought out as a partner of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company by a group including Jedediah Smith ... Later as a contract fur trapper, he worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company between 1833 and 1836, arriving in the Oregon Country in 1833 ...

Famous quotes containing the word fur:

    You may say a cat uses good grammar. Well, a cat does—but you let a cat get excited once; you let a cat get to pulling fur with another cat on a shed, nights, and you’ll hear grammar that will give you the lockjaw. Ignorant people think it’s the noise which fighting cats make that is so aggravating, but it ain’t so; it’s the sickening grammar they use.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910)

    Many bits of fox fur will make a fine robe.
    Chinese proverb.

    Your coat in my closet,
    your bright stones on my hand,
    the gaudy fur animals
    I do not know how to use,
    settle on me like a debt.
    Anne Sexton (1928–1974)