viola da braccio

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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“Viola da braccio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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