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ricercar

[ree-cher-kahr] /ˌri tʃərˈkɑr/
noun
1.
Music. a chiefly polyphonic instrumental form of the 16th and 17th centuries closely resembling the vocal motet in structure and style.
2.
a composition, especially for a keyboard instrument, having this form.
Also, ricercare, ricercata
[ree-cher-kah-tuh] /ˌri tʃərˈkɑ tə/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of ricercar
1780-1790
1780-90; apocopated variant of ricercare
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