filigree

[fil-i-gree]
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:
1685–95; earlier filigreen, variant of filigrain

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filigree, filagree or fillagree (ˈfɪlɪˌɡriː)
 
n
1.  delicate ornamental work of twisted gold, silver, or other wire
2.  any fanciful delicate ornamentation
 
adj
3.  made of or as if with filigree
 
vb , -grees, -greeing, -greed
4.  (tr) to decorate with or as if with filigree
 
[C17: from earlier filigreen, from French filigrane, from Latin fīlum thread + grānumgrain]
 
filagree, filagree or fillagree
 
n
 
adj
 
vb
 
[C17: from earlier filigreen, from French filigrane, from Latin fīlum thread + grānumgrain]
 
fillagree, filagree or fillagree
 
n
 
adj
 
vb
 
[C17: from earlier filigreen, from French filigrane, from Latin fīlum thread + grānumgrain]
 
filigreed, filagree or fillagree
 
adj

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filigree
1690s, shortening of filigreen (1660s), from Fr. filigrane "filigree," from It. filigrana, from L. filum "thread" + granum "grain." Related: Filigreed.
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filigree

delicate, lacelike ornamental openwork composed of intertwined wire threads of gold or silver, widely used since antiquity for jewelry. The art consists of curling, twisting, or plaiting fine, pliable metal threads and soldering them at their points of contact with each other and, if there is one, with the metal groundwork.

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Example sentences
To surf, a small verb lacking filigree or urgency, belongs to magical realism
  as much as to sport.
There are no statues, no elaborate filigree and few images.
It is honeyed, and has herbal notes and a filigree texture.
Squiggle lines everywhere giving a fussy, filigree effect.
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