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[fahy-luh m]
noun, plural fi·la [fahy-luh] /ˈfaɪ lə/.
  1. a threadlike structure; filament.
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Origin of filum

1855–60; < Latin: a thread, filament, fiber
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Examples from the Web for fila

Historical Examples

  • Lila answered, "I am not able to leave my friend Fila for half a second."

    Black Tales for White Children

    C. H. Stigand

  • Fila replied, "To-day if I am to give you some of my ladu you must give me your vest."

  • So Lila took off his vest and gave it to Fila, and received a piece of ladu for it.

  • When Fila was brought he said to him, "My friend, do you not recognise me?"

  • Then Fila was very afraid, and said, "Then it is you who will now put out mine."

British Dictionary definitions for fila


noun plural -la (-lə)
  1. anatomy any threadlike structure or part
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Word Origin

Latin: thread, cord, fibre
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fila in Medicine


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