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ottava

[oh-tah-vuh; Italian awt-tah-vah] /oʊˈtɑ və; Italian ɔtˈtɑ vɑ/
adverb, Music.
1.
(of notes in a score) at an octave higher than written (when placed above the staff) or lower than written (when placed below the staff).
Abbreviation: 8va.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; < Italian: octave
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ottava

/əʊˈtɑːvə/
noun
1.
an interval of an octave See all'ottava
Word Origin
Italian: octave
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