[boo-foh; Italian boof-faw]
noun, plural buffi [boo-fee; Italian boof-fee] , buffos. Music.
(in opera) a comedy part, usually bass.
a male opera singer who specializes in comic roles.

1755–65; < Italian: ridiculous, comic actor who takes comic parts; back formation from buffone buffoon

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

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