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    • Join Date: Sep 2006
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    #1

    fur

    Hi,
    I came across this sentence,"This word came from 'pelz', meaning fur, and ' nickel' for nicholas. and so, to the German of Pennsylvania, Saint Nicholas or Pelznickel was a man dressed in fur who came once a year with gifts for good children."
    Could you tell me the meaning and usage of this word, fur?
    Thanks


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    #2

    Re: fur

    Fur is the coat of an animal - Cats, dogs, rabbits all have fur. "pelz" is the German word, which was retained in English as "pelt", synonymous for an animal's fur coat.

    Coats can be made of animal skins with the fur left on; Pelznickel traditionally is shown as wearing one and with a hat made of the same.


    • Join Date: Sep 2006
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    #3

    Re: fur

    Thanks, Anglika, I can well understand the words now, the first one is explaining the meaning of "Pelz", the second one is tell us the man in the fur.
    Am I right?
    Wuwei

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