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[pik-uh-loh] /ˈpɪk əˌloʊ/
noun, plural piccolos.
a small flute sounding an octave higher than the ordinary flute.
Origin of piccolo
1855-60; < Italian: literally, small Unabridged
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noun (pl) -los
a woodwind instrument, the smallest member of the flute family, lying an octave above that of the flute See flute (sense 1)
Word Origin
C19: from Italian: small; compare English petty, French petit
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Word Origin and History for piccolo

1856, piccolo flute, from French piccolo, from Italian flauto piccolo "small flute," from piccolo "small," perhaps a children's made-up word, or from picca "point," or from Vulgar Latin root *pikk- "little," related to *piccare "to pierce" (see pike (n.2)). Other sources suggest it is from the same source as French petit (see petit (adj.)).

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piccolo in Culture
piccolo [(pik-uh-loh)]

A small, high-pitched flute.

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