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Old English filace a file, or thread, on which the records of the courts of justice were strung, French filasse tow of flax or hemp, from Latin filum thread.


filacer ‎(plural filacers)

  1. (obsolete, Britain, law) A former officer in the English Court of Common Pleas, so called because he filed the writs on which he made out process.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Burrill to this entry?)