PRONUNCIATION: (fil-ee-AY-shuhn)

MEANING: noun:
1. The fact of being descended or derived from someone or something.
2. The act of determining such relationship.
3. Forming of a new branch.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin filius (son). Earliest documented use: 1529.

FIFIATION - transforming into a French poodle

CILIATION - developing hairlike projections all over

FILIATIRON - ferromagnetic wiring

FILINATION - a country of form-filler-outers