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viola d'amore

[vee-oh-luh dah-mawr-ey, -mohr-ey, -duh-]
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noun, plural viola d'amores.
  1. a treble viol with numerous sympathetic strings and several gut strings, producing a resonant sound.

Origin of viola d'amore

1690–1700; < Italian: literally, viol of love
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British Dictionary definitions for viola d'amore

viola d'amore

noun
  1. an instrument of the viol family having no frets, seven strings, and a set of sympathetic strings. It was held under the chin when played

Word Origin

C18: from Italian, literally: viol of love
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