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pizzicato

play
noun piz·zi·ca·to \ˌpit-si-ˈkä-(ˌ)tō\

Definition of pizzicato

plural piz·zi·ca·tiplay \-ˈkä-(ˌ)tē\

  1. :  a note or passage played by plucking strings



1845

First Known Use of pizzicato

1845


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pizzicato

adverb or adjective piz·zi·ca·to

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

  1. :  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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