col legno

[ koh -leyn-yoh; Italian kawl -le-nyaw ]
/ koʊ ˈleɪn yoʊ; Italian kɔl ˈlɛ nyɔ /

adverb Music.

(a direction to play a stringed instrument with the back of the bow rather than the hairs) with the wood.

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Origin of col legno

From Italian
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British Dictionary definitions for col legno

col legno
/ (ˈkɒl ˈleɡnəʊ, ˈleɪnjəʊ) /

adverb

music to be played (on a stringed instrument) by striking the strings with the back of the bow

Word Origin for col legno

Italian: with the wood
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