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1viola

noun vi·o·la \vī-ˈō-lə, vē-; ˈvī-ə-\

Definition of VIOLA

:  violet 1a; especially :  any of various garden hybrids with solitary white, yellow, or purple often variegated flowers resembling but smaller than typical pansies
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Origin of VIOLA

Middle English, from Latin
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil

2viola

noun vi·o·la \vē-ˈō-lə\

Definition of VIOLA

:  a musical instrument of the violin family that is intermediate in size and compass between the violin and cello and is tuned a fifth below the violin
vi·o·list \-list\ noun

Origin of VIOLA

Italian & Spanish, viol, viola, from Old Occitan, viol
First Known Use: circa 1724

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue
VIOLA Defined for Kids

1viola

noun vi·o·la \vī-ˈō-lə, vē-\

Definition of VIOLA for Kids

:  a garden plant that looks like but is smaller than a pansy

2viola

noun vi·o·la \vē-ˈō-lə\

Definition of VIOLA for Kids

:  a stringed musical instrument like a violin but slightly larger and lower in pitch

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