viola da braccio

noun
vi·o·la da brac·cio | \vēˌōlədəˈbrä(ˌ)chō\
plural viole da braccio\-(ˌ)lād- \

Definition of viola da braccio 

: any bowed stringed instrument of the 16th and 17th centuries played on the shoulder: such as

a : violin

b : viola

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First Known Use of viola da braccio

1864, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for viola da braccio

Italian, arm viol

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