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contrabasso

[kon-truh-bas-oh, -bah-soh; Italian kawn-trah-bahs-saw] /ˌkɒn trəˈbæs oʊ, -ˈbɑ soʊ; Italian ˌkɔn trɑˈbɑs sɔ/ Music.
noun, plural contrabassos, contrabassi
[kon-truh-bas-ee, -bah-see; Italian kawn-trah-bahs-see] /ˌkɒn trəˈbæs i, -ˈbɑ si; Italian ˌkɔn trɑˈbɑs si/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Origin of contrabasso
< Italian contrabbasso, equivalent to contra- contra-2 + basso bass1
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  • He is represented, as is well known, seated in the group of musicians in the centre, and playing the contrabasso.

    Giorgione Herbert Cook

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