rosalia

noun ro·sa·lia \rōˈzälyə\

Definition of rosalia

plural

-s

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

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Origin and Etymology of rosalia

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


First Known Use: 1875


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