from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A stringed instrument of the violin family with approximately the range of the viola.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the tenor viol, or viola, a fifth lower than the violin. Its part is written in the alto clef, hence it is sometimes called the alto.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a member of the viol family with approximately the range of a viola
Italian : viola, viol + da, of, for + braccio, arm.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)