plural Scharfs
: an organ mixture stop often of three or more ranks with a penetrating, high-pitched tone

called also Acuta, Acute Mixture, Sharp Mixture

Word History


German, from scharf, adjective, sharp, from Old High German scarf

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“Scharf.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

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