First Known Use of pizzicato
Simple Definition of pizzicato
—used as a direction in music to indicate that notes should be played by plucking the strings of a violin, viola, cello, etc., with the fingers instead of by using a bow
Full Definition of pizzicato
: by means of plucking instead of bowing —used as a direction in music — compare arco
Origin of pizzicato
Italian, past participle of pizzicare to pluck
First Known Use: circa 1854
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