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

Word History


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, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rosalia was in 1875

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“Rosalia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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