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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In music, same as picchetato.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective music detached; separated; with every note performed in a distinct and pointed manner

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

  • noun 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 pick).]

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

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