viola da braccio


vi·​o·​la da brac·​cio
plural viole da braccio
: any bowed stringed instrument of the 16th and 17th centuries played on the shoulder: such as
: violin
: viola

Word History


Italian, arm viol

First Known Use

1864, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of viola da braccio was in 1864

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“Viola da braccio.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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