A Gentle Prayer for the East IV: Filigree | Scott Bennett | 1992 | Oil, acrylic and collage on canvas | Private Collection


filigree (n.)

Shortening of filigreen, from French filigrane “filigree” (17c.), from Italian filigrana, from Latin filum* “thread, wire” (from PIE root gwhī- “thread, tendon”) + granum “grain” (from PIE root gre-no-, “grain”). In reference to wood, “quality due to the character or arrangement of its fibers.”

*Latin filum “a thread, string;” Armenian jil “sinew, string, line;” Lithuanian gysla “vein, sinew;” Old Church Slavonic zila “vein.”

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