1. [ noun ] (botany) European weed naturalized in southwestern United States and Mexico having reddish decumbent stems with small fernlike leaves and small deep reddish-lavender flowers followed by slender fruits that stick straight up; often grown for forage
Synonyms: alfilaria alfileria filaree clocks pin_grass pin_clover Erodium_cicutarium redstem_storksbill
Related terms: storksbill
2. [ noun ] (zoology) slender threadlike roundworms living in the blood and tissues of vertebrates; transmitted as larvae by biting insects
Related terms: nematode Filariidae
Similar spelling:   filar