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buffo

[boo-foh; Italian boof-faw] /ˈbu foʊ; Italian ˈbuf fɔ/
noun, plural buffi
[boo-fee; Italian boof-fee] /ˈbu fi; Italian ˈbuf fi/ (Show IPA),
buffos. Music.
1.
(in opera) a comedy part, usually bass.
2.
a male opera singer who specializes in comic roles.
Origin
1755-1765
1755-65; < Italian: ridiculous, comic actor who takes comic parts; back formation from buffone buffoon
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British Dictionary definitions for buffi

buffo

/ˈbʊfəʊ; Italian ˈbuffo/
noun (pl) -fi (-fɪ), -fos
1.
(in Italian opera of the 18th century) a comic part, esp one for a bass
2.
Also called buffo bass, basso buffo (Italian) (ˈbasso ˈbuffo). a bass singer who performs such a part
Word Origin
C18: from Italian (adj): comic, from buffo (n) buffoon
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