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fil·i·gree / ˈfiləˌgrē/ (also fil·a·gree) • n. ornamental work of fine (typically gold or silver) wire formed into delicate tracery: [as adj.] delicate silver filigree earrings. ∎ a thing resembling such fine ornamental work.
filigree jewel work made with threads and beads. XVII. alt. of filigreen, var. of filigrane (XVII–XIX) — F. — It. filigrana, f. L. fīlum thread + grānum seed, GRAIN.
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