spiccato

adjective
spic·​ca·​to | \spi-ˈkä-(ˌ)tō \

Definition of spiccato 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: performed with a slight lifting of the bow after each note used as a direction in music

spiccato

noun
plural spiccatos

Definition of spiccato (Entry 2 of 2)

: a spiccato technique, performance, or passage

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Every tackle and pass intertwined with serene pizzicati, rhythmic spiccato and even the droning noise of electric guitars. BenoÎt Morenne, New York Times, "Croatia Beat Spain, 2-1, but the Notable Score Came From the Orchestra," 23 June 2016

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First Known Use of spiccato

Adjective

circa 1724, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1903, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spiccato

Adjective

Italian, past participle of spiccare to detach, pick off

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