from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Work in filigree; filigree.
  • noun Any kind of ornamentation resembling or analogous to filigree, or which is thought too minute or too fantastic for its place or purpose.


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  • He drew from his bosom a small crystal vial, cased in silver filigree-work, and dropped into a little golden drinking-cup a small portion of a dark-coloured fluid.

    The Talisman 2008

  • Fires were burning in cylinders of filigree-work fitted upon poles, which men were carrying to and fro.

    Salammbo 2003

  • Its peculiar background, the railing of the tomb, a splendid filigree-work of green and polished brass, gilt or made to resemble gold, looks more picturesque near than at a distance, when it suggests the idea of a gigantic bird-cage.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah 2003

  • Anise-sprinkled loaves alternated with great cheeses heavier than discuses, crateras filled with wine, and cantharuses filled with water, together with baskets of gold filigree-work containing flowers.

    Salammbo 2003

  • As delicate as black lace, the filigree-work done by the women smiths would have attracted the envy of any elven crafter.

    Elvenblood Lackey, Mercedes 1995

  • The tavern-keeper was a human, and under his livery tunic he wore a much simplified version of the filigree-work torque, a cross between the women's jewels and the warriors 'torques.

    Elvenblood Lackey, Mercedes 1995

  • It was longer than one of our weapons and the pommel was obviously of pure gold filigree-work, of a delicacy that I had never seen before.

    River God Smith, Wilbur, 1933- 1993

  • It was no kitchen knife, but a well-made dagger, and its hilt was a slender shaft of silver, rounded to the hand, showing delicate lines of filigree-work, and glowing round the collar of the blade with small stones.

    One Corpse Too Many Peters, Ellis, 1913-1995 1979

  • Austro-Hungary has a long colonnade of white stone ornamented with black filigree-work and supported by columns in pairs.

    Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, August, 1878 Various

  • "Mind," said the treasurer, as he pressed a bag of gold-dust into the expressman's hand, "the best that can be got, -- lace, you know, and filigree-work and frills, never mind the cost!"

    Short Stories and Selections for Use in the Secondary Schools Emilie Kip Baker


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