Origin of bass viol
First recorded in 1580–90
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Examples from the Web for bass viol
Historical Examples of bass viol
The cornet and bass-viol had put in an appearance, but the pianist had been lost in the shuffle.
Then Roxy took her place, and Heman bent over his bass-viol.
That bass-viol slipped a little for'ard when we come down Lamson's Hill.
The bass-viol had its mortal wound; he could have laid both fists into the hole.
There was a clearing of throats; then Mr. Fiddleman gave the key on the bass-viol.
British Dictionary definitions for bass viol
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The largest and lowest-pitched instrument of the strings, also called a bass fiddle or double bass. The player must stand or sit on a tall stool to play it.
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