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viola da braccio

[vee-oh-luh duh brah-choh] /viˈoʊ lə də ˈbrɑ tʃoʊ/
noun, plural viola da braccios.
1.
an old musical instrument of the viol family, held against the shoulder like a violin: superseded by the modern viola.
Origin
< Italian: literally, viola for the arm
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viola da braccio

/vɪˈəʊlə də ˈbrætʃɪˌəʊ/
noun
1.
an old name for viola1 (sense 1)
2.
a type of viol held on the shoulder, from which the modern viola was developed
Word Origin
from Italian, literally: viol for the arm
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