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vi·o·la1  audio  (v-l) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. A stringed instrument of the violin family, slightly larger than a violin, tuned a fifth lower, and having a deeper, more sonorous tone.
  2. An organ stop usually of eight-foot or four-foot pitch yielding stringlike tones.

ETYMOLOGY:
Italian, from Old Provençal, viola, probably of imitative origin

OTHER FORMS:
vi·olist(Noun)


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