from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An epidermal scale, as that associated with dandruff.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a particle of dandruff
  • n. dandruff

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Scurf; dandruff.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In pathology, dandruff; scurf; porrigo; in the plural, scales like bran, as of the skin.


Latin, bran, scales.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin furfur ("bran"), reduplication of *fur, from *gʰur-, metathesis of Proto-Indo-European *gʰrus- (compare Lithuanian grū́sti ("to grind (barley)"), Ancient Greek χρως (chrōs, "skin, husk")). (Wiktionary)



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  • This word reminds me of my late father-in-law. My children called him Far Far, which is "Father's Father" in Swedish.

    The picture looks a lot like Rudolph (except for the hands and wings bit)from the Christmas show we watched on tv as children!

    May 30, 2008

  • May 30, 2008