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1. A fine or very thin thread or fiber: filaments of cloth; filaments of flax.
2. A slender or threadlike structure or part, especially:
a. A fine wire that is heated electrically to produce light in an incandescent lamp.
b. The stalk that bears the anther in the stamen of a flower.
c. A chainlike series of cells, as in many algae.
d. A long thin cellular structure characteristic of many fungi, usually having multiple nuclei and often divided by septa.
e. Any of various long thin celestial objects or phenomena, such as a solar filament.

[New Latin fīlāmentum, from Late Latin fīlāre, to spin, from Latin fīlum, thread; see gwhī- in Indo-European roots.]

fil′a·men′tous (-mĕn′təs), fil′a·men′ta·ry (-mĕn′tə-rē, -mĕn′trē) adj.
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Adj.1.filamentous - thin in diameter; resembling a thread
thin - of relatively small extent from one surface to the opposite or in cross section; "thin wire"; "a thin chiffon blouse"; "a thin book"; "a thin layer of paint"
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Those which frequent the higher and damp regions, eat the leaves of various trees, a kind of berry (called guayavita) which is acid and austere, and likewise a pale green filamentous lichen (Usnera plicata), that hangs from the boughs of the trees.
The city health office said the foul smell could be attributed to the growing number of "liya" - a filamentous freshwater green algae present during warm weather - in the lake.
Note the branching filamentous hyphae, abundant aerial mycelia, and long chains of small spores.
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It's certainly possible to rake or otherwise manually remove filamentous algae, but suspended microscopic algae can't be controlled by hand.
In addition, the abundance of filamentous bacteria increased between 12 and 24 h in the nutrients treatment, while in the dark-control, a smaller and delayed increase occurred between 36 and 48 h.
Only limited studies have been conducted in the Philippines to systematically screen filamentous fungi from metal-polluted sites for their metal tolerance.
There was no evidence of malignancy, but multiple filamentous bacteria consistent with the Nocardia species were identified.
Filamentous fungi stand out because they have the ability to form extensive mycelial networks, have catabolic enzymes with low specificity and abilities to use pollutants as substrates.