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1. Delicate and intricate ornamental work made from gold, silver, or other fine twisted wire.
a. An intricate, delicate, or fanciful ornamentation.
b. A design resembling such ornamentation: filigrees of frosting on a cake.
tr.v. fil·i·greed, fil·i·gree·ing, fil·i·grees
To decorate with or as if with filigree.
[Alteration of French filigrane, from Italian filigrana : Latin fīlum, thread; see gwhī- in Indo-European roots + Latin grānum, grain; see gr̥ə-no- in Indo-European roots.]
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