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Origin of filar

1870–75; < Latin fīl(um) a thread + -ar1
Related formsin·ter·fi·lar, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for filar

capillaceous, filamentous, filar, ropy

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British Dictionary definitions for filar


  1. of thread
  2. (of an optical instrument) having fine threads across the eyepiece forming a reticle or set of cross wires

Word Origin for filar

C19: from Latin fīlum thread
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filar in Medicine


  1. Relating to a thread or filament.
  2. Composed of filaments or threadlike structures.
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