violone

violone

[vee-uh-loh-ney]
noun
1.
a double bass.
2.
an organ pedal stop of 16-foot pitch, giving a tone resembling the violoncello.

Origin:
1715–25; < Italian, equivalent to viol(a) bass viol + -one augmentative suffix

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violone (ˈvaɪəˌləʊn)
 
n
the double-bass member of the viol family lying an octave below the viola da gamba. It corresponds to the double bass in the violin family
 
[C18: from Italian, from viola1 + -one, augmentative suffix]

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