viola

viola

1 [vee-oh-luh]
noun
1.
a four-stringed musical instrument of the violin family, slightly larger than the violin; a tenor or alto violin.
2.
a labial organ stop of eight-foot or four-foot pitch, giving tones of a penetrating stringlike quality.

Origin:
1715–25; < Italian viola < Old Provençal viola; see viol

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viola

2 [vahy-uh-luh, vahy-oh-, vee-]
noun
1.
any plant of the genus Viola, especially a cultivated variety. Compare pansy ( def 1 ), violet ( defs 1, 2 ).
2.
a pansy, V. cornuta, cultivated as a garden plant.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English: violet < Latin: violet

Viola

[vahy-uh-luh, vee-; vahy-oh-luh, vee-]
noun
a female given name.
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viola1 (vɪˈəʊlə)
 
n
1.  a bowed stringed instrument, the alto of the violin family; held beneath the chin when played. It is pitched and tuned an octave above the cello
2.  any of various instruments of the viol family, such as the viola da gamba
 
[C18: from Italian viola, probably from Old Provençal viola, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Latin vītulārī to rejoice]

viola2 (ˈvaɪələ, vaɪˈəʊ-)
 
n
violet See also pansy any temperate perennial herbaceous plant of the violaceous genus Viola, the flowers of which have showy irregular petals, white, yellow, blue, or mauve in colour
 
[C15: from Latin: violet]

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viola
tenor violin, 1797, from It. viola, from O.Prov. viola, from M.L. vitula "stringed instrument," perhaps from Vitula, Roman goddess of joy (see fiddle), or from related L. verb vitulari "to exult, be joyful." Viola da gamba "bass viol" (1724) is from It., lit. "a viola for
the leg" (i.e. to hold between the legs).

Viola
fem. proper name, from L. viola "the violet" (see violet).
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viola [(vee-oh-luh)]

A musical instrument shaped like a violin but somewhat larger, lower pitched, and “darker” in tone. A viola player holds a viola like a violin, under the chin.

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