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n. pl. fi·la (-lə)
A threadlike anatomical structure; a filament.

[Latin fīlum, thread; see gwhī- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -la (-lə)
(Anatomy) anatomy any threadlike structure or part
[Latin: thread, cord, fibre]


(ˈfaɪ ləm)

n., pl. -la (-lə).
a threadlike structure; filament.
[1855–60; < Latin: a thread, filament, fiber]
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Noun1.filum - a threadlike structure (as a chainlike series of cells)filum - a threadlike structure (as a chainlike series of cells)
anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure - a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing; "he has good bone structure"
pilus, hair - any of the cylindrical filaments characteristically growing from the epidermis of a mammal; "there is a hair in my soup"
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Designed by Filum, a young Canadian practice, the project owes a clear debt to Modernist explorations of lightweight tensile architecture, especially the work of Frei Otto, whose German pavilion at the 1967 Montreal Expo and stadium for the Munich Olympics of 1972 presented entirely new and radical forms of lightweight structures, Yet since those early experiments, tensile structures have only slowly evolved.
In this case, Filum chose to work with small diameter conifers that grow in abundance in the Eastern regions of Canada.