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all' ottava

[ahl uh-tah-vuh; Italian ahl-lawt-tah-vah] /ˌɑl əˈtɑ və; Italian ˌɑl lɔtˈtɑ vɑ/
noun, Music.
a direction (8va), placed above or below the staff to indicate that the passage covered is to be played one octave higher or lower respectively.
Origin of all' ottava
1815-25; < Italian: literally, at the octave Unabridged
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adjective, adverb
(music) to be played an octave higher or lower than written 8va
Word Origin
Italian: at the octave
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