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ap·pog·gia·tu·ra  audio  (-pj-tr) KEY 

NOUN:
Music
An embellishing note, usually one step above or below the note it precedes and indicated by a small note or special sign.

ETYMOLOGY:
Italian, from appoggiato, past participle of appoggiare, to lean on, from Vulgar Latin *appodire : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin podium, support (from Greek podion, base, from pous, pod-, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots)


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