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ricercare

[ree-cher-kahr-ey; Italian ree-cher-kah-re]
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noun, plural ri·cer·ca·ri [ree-cher-kahr-ee; Italian ree-cher-kah-ree] /ˌri tʃərˈkɑr i; Italian ˌri tʃɛrˈkɑ ri/.
  1. ricercar.
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Origin of ricercare

< Italian, noun use of ricercare to seek; see research
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ricercare

ricercar (ˈriːtʃəˌkɑː)

noun plural -cari (-ˈkɑːriː) or -cars (in music of the 16th and 17th centuries)
  1. an elaborate polyphonic composition making extensive use of contrapuntal imitation and usually very slow in tempo
  2. an instructive composition to illustrate instrumental technique; étude
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Word Origin

Italian, literally: to seek again
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