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The soft, fine undercoat of certain mammals, such as otters, beavers, and seals.


(Zoology) the layer of dense soft fur occurring beneath the outer coarser fur in certain mammals, such as the otter and seal. Also called: undercoat


(ˈʌn dərˌfɜr)

the soft, thick undercoat of fur animals, as the seal and beaver.
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Noun1.underfur - thick soft fur lying beneath the longer and coarser guard hairunderfur - thick soft fur lying beneath the longer and coarser guard hair
fur - dense coat of fine silky hairs on mammals (e.g., cat or seal or weasel)
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The numbers of the Tibetan antelope have also improved, after protection efforts helped it move from "endangered" to "near threatened." The antelope is targeted by commercial poachers for its valuable underfur, used to make shawls.
Marked deer molted into a winter coat during late August-early September that featured long guard hairs and a short underfur. The insulating qualities of this coat was evident during snowstorms when snow frequently remained unmelted on their backs.
That, however, is still 10 times fewer than before humans started hunting the seal for its dense, luxurious underfur, IUCN said.
There's a seal that's distinctive: a female whose dark spots on paler underfur look, on her left neck, like San Juan Island.
epixanthum may have quills that have a distinct yellow tinge (Anderson and Rand 1943; Wood 1973), but have visible black underfur. This color is also occasionally seen in other subspecies as well.
They are marked by their dense underfur, which made them a long-time object of commercial hunting.
Preserved in the fossil is a clear halo of guard hairs and underfur residue, making Megaconus only the second known pre-mammalian fossil with fur.
Polar bears five in and around the Arctic Ocean, but they're built for he cold, Their waterproof coat is a layer of thick underfur and a layer of dear, hollow, guard hairs.