viola d'amore

[ vee-oh-luh dah-mawr-ey, -mohr-ey, -duh- ]
/ viˈoʊ lə dɑˈmɔr eɪ, -ˈmoʊr eɪ, -də- /

noun, plural viola d'amores.

a treble viol with numerous sympathetic strings and several gut strings, producing a resonant sound.

Nearby words

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  8. violable,
  9. violaceous,
  10. violate

Origin of viola d'amore

1690–1700; < Italian: literally, viol of love

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British Dictionary definitions for viola d'amore

viola d'amore

/ (vɪˈəʊlə dæˈmɔːrɪ) /

noun

an instrument of the viol family having no frets, seven strings, and a set of sympathetic strings. It was held under the chin when played

Word Origin for viola d'amore

C18: from Italian, literally: viol of love

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