frot·​to·​la | \ ˈfrȯtᵊlə, ˈfrät-, It ˈfrȯttōlä \
plural frottole\ -​ᵊlˌā , -​ōlā \

Definition of frottola

: 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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History and Etymology for 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

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“Frottola.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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