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filigree

[fil-i-gree] /ˈfɪl ɪˌgri/
noun
1.
delicate ornamental work of fine silver, gold, or other metal wires, especially lacy jewelers' work of scrolls and arabesques.
2.
anything very delicate or fanciful:
a filigree of frost.
adjective
3.
composed of or resembling filigree.
verb (used with object), filigreed, filigreeing.
4.
to adorn with or form into filigree.
Origin of filigree
1685-1695
1685-95; earlier filigreen, variant of filigrain
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filigree

/ˈfɪlɪˌɡriː/
noun
1.
delicate ornamental work of twisted gold, silver, or other wire
2.
any fanciful delicate ornamentation
adjective
3.
made of or as if with filigree
verb -grees, -greeing, -greed
4.
(transitive) to decorate with or as if with filigree
Derived Forms
filigreed, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from earlier filigreen, from French filigrane, from Latin fīlum thread + grānumgrain
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Word Origin and History for filigree
n.

1690s, shortening of filigreen (1660s), from French filigrane "filigree" (17c.), from Italian filigrana, from Latin filum "thread" (see file (v.)) + granum "grain" (see corn (n.1)). Related: Filigreed.

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