[spi-kah-toh; Italian speek-kah-taw]
- (of violin music) performed with short, abrupt, rebounding motions of the bow.
Origin of spiccato
1840–50; < Italian, equivalent to spicc- (stem of spiccare to detach) + -ato < Latin -ātus -ate1
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Examples from the Web for spiccato
The martellato, a nuance of spiccato, should be played with a firm bowing at the point.
Spiccato is generally held to be more difficult than staccato; yet I myself find it easier.
- a style of playing a bowed stringed instrument in which the bow bounces lightly off the strings
- to be played in this manner
Italian: detached, from spiccare to make distinct