scordatura

[ skawr-duh-toor-uh; Italian skawr-dah-too-rah ]
/ ˌskɔr dəˈtʊər ə; Italian ˌskɔr dɑˈtu rɑ /

noun, plural scor·da·tu·re [skawr-duh-toor-ey; Italian skawr-dah-too-re], /ˌskɔr dəˈtʊər eɪ; Italian ˌskɔr dɑˈtu rɛ/, scor·da·tu·ras.Music.

the tuning of a stringed instrument in other than the usual way to facilitate the playing of certain compositions.

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Origin of scordatura

1875–80; <Italian, equivalent to scordat(o), past participle of scordare to be out of tune (<Latin discordāre;see discord) + -ura noun suffix
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