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scordatura

[skawr-duh-too r-uh; Italian skawr-dah-too-rah] /ˌskɔr dəˈtʊər ə; Italian ˌskɔr dɑˈtu rɑ/
noun, plural scordature
[skawr-duh-too r-ey; Italian skawr-dah-too-re] /ˌskɔr dəˈtʊər eɪ; Italian ˌskɔr dɑˈtu rɛ/ (Show IPA),
scordaturas. Music.
1.
the tuning of a stringed instrument in other than the usual way to facilitate the playing of certain compositions.
Origin
1875-1880
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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