viola da braccio

viola da braccio

[vee-oh-luh duh brah-choh]
noun, plural viola da braccios.
an old musical instrument of the viol family, held against the shoulder like a violin: superseded by the modern viola.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)
 
n
1.  an old name for viola
2.  a type of viol held on the shoulder, from which the modern viola was developed
 
[from Italian, literally: viol for the arm]

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