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calando

[ kah-lahn-doh ]
/ kɑˈlɑn doʊ /
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adjective
becoming slower and softer; dying away.
adverb
in a slower, softer manner.
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Origin of calando

Probably earlier than 1850–55; <Italian: slackening <Latin calandum, gerund of calāre to let down <Greek chalân to loosen, slacken
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British Dictionary definitions for calando

calando
/ (kəˈlændəʊ) /

adjective, adverb
music (to be performed) with gradually decreasing tone and speed

Word Origin for calando

Italian: dropping, from calare to lower, to drop
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