frottola

noun

frot·​to·​la
ˈfrȯtᵊlə,
ˈfrät-,
It ˈfrȯttōlä
plural frottole
-ᵊlˌā,
-ōlā
: a secular part-song of Italy of the 15th and 16th centuries that is largely homophonic and has the music repeated with each verse

Word History

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frottola. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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