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English

Etymology

furfur ‘bran’.

Pronunciation

  • /'fɜ:fə/

Noun

  • rfv-inflection furfures
  • rfv-inflection furfres (this was the previously-given plural, probably a typo)
  1. In the context of "archaic|countable": a particle of dandruff
  2. In the context of "archaic|uncountable": dandruff
    • 1964: ‘Aye,’ said WS, still in bed, scratching his baldness, examining the furfur in his fingernails. — Anthony Burgess, Nothing Like the Sun

Extensive Definition

In demonology, Furfur (other spelling: Furtur) is a powerful Great Earl of Hell, being the ruler of twenty-nine legions of demons. He is a liar unless compelled to enter a magic triangle where he gives true answers to every question, speaking with a rough voice. Furfur causes love between a man and a woman, creates storms, tempests, thunder, lightning, and blasts, and teaches on secret and divine things.
He is depicted as a hart or winged hart, and also as an angel. To some authors he changes from hart into angel when compelled to enter the magic triangle.
'Furfur' or 'furfures' in Latin means "bran". However it seems more likely that the name is a corruption of 'Furcifer' the Latin word for scoundrel.

In modern culture

In the role-playing game In Nomine, Furfur is the Demon Prince of Hardcore.
furfur in French: Furfur
furfur in Japanese: フルフル
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