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ottava

[ oh-tah-vuh; Italian awt-tah-vah ]
/ oʊˈtɑ və; Italian ɔtˈtɑ vɑ /
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adverb Music.
(of notes in a score) at an octave higher than written (when placed above the staff) or lower than written (when placed below the staff). Abbreviation: 8va
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Origin of ottava

1810–20; <Italian: octave

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British Dictionary definitions for ottava

ottava
/ (əʊˈtɑːvə) /

noun
an interval of an octaveSee all'ottava

Word Origin for ottava

Italian: octave
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