scordatura

scordatura

[skawr-duh-toor-uh; Italian skawr-dah-too-rah]
noun, plural scordature [skawr-duh-toor-ey; Italian skawr-dah-too-re] , scordaturas. Music.
the tuning of a stringed instrument in other than the usual way to facilitate the playing of certain compositions.

Origin:
1875–80; < Italian, equivalent to scordat(o), past participle of scordare to be out of tune (< Latin discordāre; see discord) + -ura noun suffix

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