sourdine

sourdine

[soor-deen]
noun Music.
1.
mute ( def 10 ).
2.
kit2.
3.
an obsolete member of the oboe family.

Origin:
1670–80; < French: damper, mute < Italian sordina (feminine); see sordino

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sourdine (sʊəˈdiːn)
 
n
1.  a soft stop on an organ or harmonium
2.  another word for sordino
 
[C17 (meaning: a muted trumpet): from French: a mute, from Italian; see sordino]

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