ro·​sa·​lia | \ rōˈzälyə \
plural -s

Definition of rosalia

: a melody in which a phrase or passage is successively repeated each time a step or half step higher

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First Known Use of rosalia

1875, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rosalia

Italian, from Rosalia (feminine name); from the occurrence of Rosalia as the first word in an old song employing such repetition

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“Rosalia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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