Definition of filature in English:

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filature

Pronunciation: /ˈfɪlətʃə/

noun

1A place where silk is obtained from silkworm cocoons.
Example sentences
  • Lynda Bell's meticulous study looks at the peasant families which carried out the earliest stages of silk production, the rearing of the cocoons and the preparation of the silk filament in filatures.
  • Nearly every peasant household in the area engaged in cocoon production for the urban-based silk filatures.
  • In my work as factory inspector, one of the most miserable experiences was to see the incredible torture of the young children working on the then existing system in silk filatures.
1.1 [mass noun] The process of obtaining silk from the cocoons of silkworms.
Example sentences
  • Her detailed, painstaking research examines every aspect of the cocoon-producing and filature business.

Origin

Mid 18th century: from French, from Italian filatura, from filare 'to spin'.

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