por·​ta·​tive | \ ˈpȯr-tə-tiv How to pronounce portative (audio) \

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The group's timbre is sometimes altered by Wachsmann's subtle waves of electronics and Sandell's occasional use of clavichord and portative organ. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Jazz / Music / Post No Bills Swedish trumpeter Emil Strandberg brings lyrical grace to his austere free improvisation," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of portative

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for portative

Middle English portatif, from Middle French, from Latin portatus, past participle of portare

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