One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Threadlike.‘the antennae are filiform’
- ‘The filiform papillae are long and stained by accumulated debris.’
- ‘Plants on this latter medium were very short with filiform leaves.’
- ‘Many zygotes were adjacent to a persistent synergid with filiform apparatus.’
- ‘This common condition of unknown aetiology, which affects about 10% of children and adults, is characterised by map-like red areas of atrophy of filiform tongue papillae in patterns that change even within hours.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin filum ‘thread’ + -form.
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