ossia

[ oh-see-uh ]
/ oʊˈsi ə /

conjunction

(indicating an alternative, usually easier, version of a passage in a musical score) or; or else.

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Origin of ossia

First recorded in 1875–80, ossia is from Italian o sia “or let it be”
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