acciaccatura

acciaccatura

[uh-chah-kuh-toor-uh; Italian aht-chahk-kah-too-rah]
noun, plural acciaccaturas, acciaccature [-toor-ey, -toor-ee; Italian -too-re] . Music.
a short grace note one half step below, and struck at the same time as, a principal note.

Origin:
1875–80; < Italian: literally, a pounding, crushing, equivalent to acciacc(are) to crush, bruise (based on an echoic root ciacc-) + -atura (see -ate1, -ure)

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acciaccatura (ɑːˌtʃɑːkɑːˈtʊərə)
 
n , pl -ras, -re
1.  a small grace note melodically adjacent to a principal note and played simultaneously with or immediately before it
2.  (in modern music) a very short appoggiatura
 
[C18: Italian: literally, a crushing sound]

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