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 (fĭl′ə-cho͝or′, -chər)
1. The act or process of spinning, drawing, or twisting into threads.
2. The act or process of reeling raw silk from cocoons.
3. A reel used in drawing silk from cocoons.
4. An establishment where silk is reeled.

[French, from Late Latin fīlātus, past participle of fīlāre, to spin; see filament.]
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1. (Textiles) the act or process of spinning silk, etc, into threads
2. (Textiles) the reel used for this
3. (Textiles) a place where such spinning or reeling is done
[C18: from Medieval Latin fīlātūra the art of spinning, from fīlāre to spin thread; see filament]
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(ˈfɪl ə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər)

an establishment for reeling silk.
[1750–60; < French < Medieval Latin fīlātūra the spinning art < Late Latin fīlāt(us) spun (past participle of fīlāre; see filament) + Latin -ūra -ure]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.filature - a bobbin used in spinning silk into threadfilature - a bobbin used in spinning silk into thread
bobbin, spool, reel - a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound
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