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fioritura

[ fee-awr-i-toor-uh, -ohr-; Italian fyaw-ree-too-rah ]
/ fiˌɔr ɪˈtʊər ə, -ˌoʊr-; Italian ˌfyɔ riˈtu rɑ /
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noun, plural fio·ri·tu·re [fee-awr-i-toor-ey, -ohr-; Italian fyaw-ree-too-re]. /fiˌɔr ɪˈtʊər eɪ, -ˌoʊr-; Italian ˌfyɔ riˈtu rɛ/. Music.

the ornamentation of a melody, often extemporized by the performer, as in Italian opera during the 18th century.

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Origin of fioritura

1835–45; <Italian, equivalent to fiorit(o) flowery, originally past participle of fiorire to flower + -ura-ure

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British Dictionary definitions for fioritura

fioritura
/ (ˌfjɔːrɪˈtʊərə, ˌfiːərɪ-) /

noun plural -ture (-ˈtʊəreɪ)

music embellishment, esp ornamentation added by the performer

Word Origin for fioritura

Italian: a blossoming
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