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viola d'amore

[vee-oh-luh dah-mawr-ey, -mohr-ey, -duh-] /viˈoʊ lə dɑˈmɔr eɪ, -ˈmoʊr eɪ, -də-/
noun, plural viola d'amores.
a treble viol with numerous sympathetic strings and several gut strings, producing a resonant sound.
Origin of viola d'amore
1690-1700; < Italian: literally, viol of love Unabridged
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  • But one day seeing in a book the words "viola d'amore," he fancied he would like to possess an instrument with such a name.

    Evelyn Innes George Moore
  • A kind of viola d'amore of the Hardanger peasants in Norway, inlaid with mother-of-pearl and ivory.

British Dictionary definitions for viola d'amore

viola d'amore

/vɪˈəʊlə dæˈmɔːrɪ/
an instrument of the viol family having no frets, seven strings, and a set of sympathetic strings. It was held under the chin when played
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, literally: viol of love
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