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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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We moved along the sinuous gravel walks, with the great concourse of girls and young men, and suddenly a domed and filigreed white temple, starred over and over and over again with brilliant gas jets, burst upon us like a fallen sun.
Advanced materials company Schweitzer-Mauduit International Inc (NYSE:SWM) reported on Tuesday the purchase of state-of-the-art machinery to expand its capacity in filigreed cigarette papers for the Roll Your Own (RYO) and cigarette manufacturing sectors in its Saint Girons location in France.
Many of them were inspired by those worn by his mother-delicately crafted pieces made of filigreed gold-although there are some that give off a modern vibe.
Summary: Heaps of dusty, colorful rugs lying about; tarnished silver and bronze jewelry intricately filigreed and inlaid with stones; patterned fabric, faded from a bit too much time in the sun; everything embroidered and embellished with the distinctive air of the Orient.
With her finely-detailed voice matched by expertly filigreed touches, the opener builds to a hearty thumping climax.
A filigreed gazebo turns this side yard in Davis, California, into an enchanting setting for alfresco dining.
A custom-designed pineapple motif, the symbol of hospitality, was filigreed to allow air circulation in the wooden housing for a microwave at the end of a work counter/bar.