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spiccato

[spi-kah-toh; Italian speek-kah-taw] /spɪˈkɑ toʊ; Italian spikˈkɑ tɔ/
adjective
1.
(of violin music) performed with short, abrupt, rebounding motions of the bow.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; < Italian, equivalent to spicc- (stem of spiccare to detach) + -ato < Latin -ātus -ate1
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spiccato

/spɪˈkɑːtəʊ/
noun
1.
a style of playing a bowed stringed instrument in which the bow bounces lightly off the strings
adjective, adverb
2.
to be played in this manner
Word Origin
Italian: detached, from spiccare to make distinct
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