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buffe

or buff

[buhf] /bʌf/
noun, Armor.
1.
plate armor for the lower part of the face and the throat, used with a burgonet.
Origin of buffe
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Middle French < Italian buffa, probably special use of buffa puff of breath, hard breath; see buffoon

buffa

[boo-fuh; Italian boof-fah] /ˈbu fə; Italian ˈbuf fɑ/
noun, plural buffe
[boo-fey; Italian boof-fe] /ˈbu feɪ; Italian ˈbuf fɛ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a woman who sings comic roles in opera.
Origin
< Italian; feminine of buffo
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