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portative

[pawr-tuh-tiv, pohr-] /ˈpɔr tə tɪv, ˈpoʊr-/
adjective
1.
capable of being carried; portable.
2.
having or pertaining to the power or function of carrying.
noun
3.
Also called portative organ. a small portable pipe organ used especially during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English portatif < Middle French. See port5, -ative
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British Dictionary definitions for portative organ

portative organ

noun
1.
(music) a small portable organ with arm-operated bellows popular in medieval times

portative

/ˈpɔːtətɪv/
adjective
1.
a less common word for portable
2.
concerned with the act of carrying
Word Origin
C14: from French, from Latin portāre to carry
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Encyclopedia Article for portative organ

organetto

small musical instrument played from the 12th through the 16th century, popular for secular music. It had one rank of flue pipes (producing a flutelike sound), sometimes arranged in rows to save space, and was slung from the player's neck by a strap. The keys and pipes lay at right angles to the player, who used two fingers of his right hand to play melodies. With his left hand he worked a bellows at the back of the instrument. Except for occasional drones (sustained notes played against a melody), the portative organ played music consisting only of a melodic line. Its compass was from two to three octaves

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