Meaning of filature

fil•a•ture

Pronunciation: (fil'u-chur, -choor"), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of forming into threads.
  2. a reel for drawing off silk from cocoons.
  3. the reeling of silk from cocoons.
  4. an establishment for reeling silk.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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