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spiccato

[ spi-kah-toh; Italian speek-kah-taw ]
/ spɪˈkɑ toʊ; Italian spikˈkɑ tɔ /
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adjective

(of violin music) performed with short, abrupt, rebounding motions of the bow.

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Origin of spiccato

1840–50; <Italian, equivalent to spicc- (stem of spiccare to detach) + -ato<Latin -ātus-ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for spiccato

spiccato
/ (spɪˈkɑːtəʊ) music /

noun

a style of playing a bowed stringed instrument in which the bow bounces lightly off the strings

adjective, adverb

to be played in this manner

Word Origin for spiccato

Italian: detached, from spiccare to make distinct
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