[Fr.] The fine hairy covering of certain animals found in cold regions. In the hairy covering of the cat two kinds of hair grow - one short, soft, silky, and barbed lengthwise, which is the fur; and longer smooth hair, which is called the over hair. The best-known fur-bearing animals are the seal, beaver, sable, fox, mink, marten, otter, ermine, and musk-rat. After the skins have been removed from the animals, and before they are cleaned, they are called pelts. Fur forms the chief clothing of the inhabitants of Arctic regions, and in temperate regions is also used for trimmings or for outdoor garments. In seal-skins for ladies' jackets the overhair is usually removed. The furs of the rabbit, hare, and beaver are used to make felt.