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basso continuo

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noun Music.
  1. continuo.

Origin of basso continuo

First recorded in 1665–75
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British Dictionary definitions for basso continuo

basso continuo

noun
  1. another term for thorough bass Often shortened to: continuo

Word Origin

Italian, literally: continuous bass
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