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pizzicato

1pizzicato

noun piz·zi·ca·to \ˌpit-si-ˈkä-(ˌ)tō\
plural piz·zi·ca·ti\-ˈkä-(ˌ)tē\

Definition of PIZZICATO

:  a note or passage played by plucking strings

First Known Use of PIZZICATO

1845

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adverb or adjective

—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

Rhymes with PIZZICATO

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