col legno

col legno

[koh leyn-yoh; Italian kawl le-nyaw]
adverb Music.
(a direction to play a stringed instrument with the back of the bow rather than the hairs) with the wood.

Origin:
< Italian

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col legno (ˈkɒl ˈleɡnəʊ, ˈleɪnjəʊ)
 
adv
music to be played (on a stringed instrument) by striking the strings with the back of the bow
 
[Italian: with the wood]

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