frottola

noun frot·to·la \ˈfrȯtələ, ˈfrät-, It ˈfrȯttōlä\

Definition of frottola

plural

frottole

\-əlˌā, -ōlā\
  1. :  a secular part-song of Italy of the 15th and 16th centuries that is largely homophonic and has the music repeated with each verse

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Origin and Etymology of frottola

Italian, from Old Italian, from frotta crowd, multitude, from Middle French flote, from Old French, from (assumed) Old Italian flotta, alteration of (assumed) flotto, from Latin fluctus action of flowing, flood, wave — more at fluctuate


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