Etymology
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filigree (n.)

1690s, shortening of filigreen (1660s), from French filigrane "filigree" (17c.), from Italian filigrana, from Latin filum "thread, wire" (from PIE root *gwhi- "thread, tendon") + granum "grain" (from PIE root *gre-no- "grain"). Related: Filigreed.

updated on June 14, 2017

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Definitions of filigree from WordNet
1
filigree (v.)
make filigree, as with a precious metal;
2
filigree (n.)
delicate and intricate ornamentation (usually in gold or silver or other fine twisted wire);
Synonyms: filagree / fillagree
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