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ottava

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adverb or adjective ot·ta·va \ō-ˈtä-və\

Definition of ottava

  1. :  at an octave higher or lower than written —used as a direction in music



Origin and Etymology of ottava

Italian, octave, from Medieval Latin octava


First Known Use: 1848

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