ricercar

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noun ri·cer·car \ˌrē-(ˌ)chər-ˈkär\
variants: or

ricercare

play \-ˈkä-(ˌ)rā\

Definition of ricercar

plural

ricercars

or

ricercari

play \-ˈkä-(ˌ)rē\
  1. :  any of various usually keyboard musical forms especially of the 16th and 17th centuries in either quasi-improvisatory toccata style or strict polyphonic fugal style

Origin and Etymology of ricercar

Italian, from ricercare to seek again, seek out, from ri- re- (from Latin re-) + cercare to seek, from Late Latin circare to go about — more at search


First Known Use: 1773


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