ba·​ri·​o·​lage | \ ¦barēō¦läzh \
plural -s

Definition of bariolage

1 : medley
2 : a cadenza for a solo musical instrument specifically : a special effect in violin playing obtained by playing in rapid alternation upon open and stopped strings

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History and Etymology for bariolage

French, from Middle French, from barioler to variegate (probably blend of barrer to cross out, streak, bar + rioler to cross out, streak, from riole rule, ruler, from Latin regula) + -age

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“Bariolage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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