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.

Origin of col legno

From Italian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for col legno

col legno

/ (ˈkɒl ˈleɡnəʊ, ˈleɪnjəʊ) /


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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