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una corda

[oo-nuh kawr-duh; Italian oo-nah kawr-dah] /ˈu nə ˈkɔr də; Italian ˈu nɑ ˈkɔr dɑ/
noun
1.
with the soft pedal depressed (a musical direction in piano playing).
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; < Italian: literally, one string, since depressing the soft pedal shifts the hammers so as to strike only two (orig. one) of the strings provided for each note
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una corda

/ˈuːnə ˈkɔːdə/
adjective, adverb
1.
(music) (of the piano) to be played with the soft pedal depressed
Word Origin
Italian, literally: one string; the pedal moves the mechanism so that only one string of the three tuned to each note is struck by the hammer
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