chiavetta

noun chia·vet·ta \ kyəˈvetə , kyäˈ- \

Definition of chiavetta

plural chiavette \-etē\
: a clef (as one of the C clefs) formerly used to shift temporarily the pitch range of a staff carrying a voice part and so avoid the use of ledger lines

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Origin and Etymology of chiavetta

Italian, diminutive of chiave key, clef, from Latin clavis key


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