cavatine

cavatina

[kav-uh-tee-nuh; Italian kah-vah-tee-nah]
noun, plural cavatine [kav-uh-tee-ney; Italian kah-vah-tee-ne] . Music.
a simple song or melody, properly one without a second part or a repeat; an air.

Origin:
1830–40; < Italian, equivalent to cavat(a) song (literally, something drawn out, noun use of feminine of cavata < Latin cavātus hollowed out, hollow; see cave, -ate1) + -ina -ine1

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cavatina (ˌkævəˈtiːnə)
 
n , pl -ne
1.  a solo song resembling a simple aria
2.  an instrumental composition reminiscent of this
 
[C19: from Italian]

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