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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A technique of bowing in which the bow is made to bounce slightly from the string.
  • adj. Of or employing spiccato.

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  • adj. detached; separated; with every note performed in a distinct and pointed manner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Detached; separated; -- a term indicating that every note is to be performed in a distinct and pointed manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In music, same as picchetato.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. bowing in such a way that the bow bounces lightly off the strings

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Italian, past participle of spiccare, to separate : s-, from; see sfumato + piccare, to pierce, impale (from Vulgar Latin *piccāre; see pick1).

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Italian, past participle of spicare to detach, to separate.

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