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bass viol

[ beys ]
/ beɪs /
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noun

viola da gamba.

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Origin of bass viol

First recorded in 1580–90
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British Dictionary definitions for bass viol

bass viol
/ (beɪs) /

noun

another name for viola da gamba
US a less common name for double bass (def. 1)
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Cultural definitions for bass viol

bass viol
[ (veye-uhl) ]

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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