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altissimo

[al-tis-uh-moh; Italian ahl-tees-see-maw] /ælˈtɪs əˌmoʊ; Italian ɑlˈtis siˌmɔ/
adjective
1.
very high.
noun
2.
in altissimo, in the second octave above the treble staff.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < Italian: literally, highest, equivalent to alt(o) high + -issimo superlative suffix
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altissimo

/ælˈtɪsɪˌməʊ/
adjective
1.
(of music) very high in pitch
2.
of or relating to the octave commencing on the G lying an octave above the treble clef
noun
3.
in altissimo, in the octave commencing an octave above the treble clef
Word Origin
Italian, literally: highest
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