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[sek-oh; Italian sek-kaw]
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  1. fresco secco.
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  1. (of notes or passages in a musical score) played and released abruptly and without resonance.
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Origin of secco

1850–55; < Italian: dry; see sack3
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Examples from the Web for secco

Historical Examples

  • This work is not a true fresco, but a secco—that is, it was painted on the dry wall.

    Great Masters in Painting: Perugino

    George C. Williamson

  • The musical element consisted of a succession of arias and duets stitched together by a loose thread of secco recitative.

  • In fresco painting no vehicle was used but water; in secco painting a tempera was used composed of white and yolk of egg.


    Harry Quilter

  • Secco had an especial province of its own; all pictures, as distinguished from wall paintings, being executed in it.


    Harry Quilter

  • "Xualla" is placed to the west of and near the headwaters of the "Secco" or Savannah River.

British Dictionary definitions for secco


noun plural -cos
  1. wall painting done on dried plaster with tempera or pigments ground in limewaterCompare fresco
  2. any wall painting other than true fresco
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Word Origin

C19: from Italian: dry, from Latin siccus
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