plural capotastos
or capitasti
: a bar or movable nut attached to the fingerboard of a guitar or other fretted instrument to uniformly raise the pitch of all the strings

Word History


Italian, literally, chief key, from capo head, chief (from Latin caput head) + tasto key of a musical instrument, from tastare to feel, touch, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin tastare

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“Capotasto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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