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lira da braccio

[leer-uh duh brah-choh, -chee-oh; Italian lee-rah dah braht-chaw] /ˈlɪər ə də ˈbrɑ tʃoʊ, -tʃiˌoʊ; Italian ˌli rɑ dɑ ˈbrɑt tʃɔ/
noun, plural liras da braccio Italian, lire da braccio
[lee-re dah braht-chaw] /ˌli rɛ dɑ ˈbrɑt tʃɔ/ (Show IPA)
1.
a many-stringed musical instrument of the 15th and 16th centuries, played with a bow and used for polyphonic improvisation.
Origin
< Italian: lyre for the arm
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