claviola

noun
clav·​i·​ola | \ ˌkla-vē-ˈō-lə, ˌklā- \
variants: or less commonly claviol \ ˈkla-​vē-​ˌōl , ˈklā-​ \
plural claviolas also claviols

Definition of claviola

: a 19th-century keyboard instrument in which the strings are sounded by means of a rotating rosined wheel operated by one hand

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First Known Use of claviola

circa 1813, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for claviola

blend of clavi- and viol, viole

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The first known use of claviola was circa 1813

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“Claviola.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/claviola. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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