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 (spĭ-kä′tō) Music
n. pl. spic·ca·tos
A technique of bowing in which the bow is made to bounce slightly from the string.
Of or employing spiccato.

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


(spɪˈkɑːtəʊ) music
(Music, other) a style of playing a bowed stringed instrument in which the bow bounces lightly off the strings
adj, adv
(Music, other) to be played in this manner
[Italian: detached, from spiccare to make distinct]


(spɪˈkɑ toʊ, spi-)

(of violin music) performed with short, abrupt, rebounding motions of the bow.
[1840–50; < Italian, past participle of spiccare to pluck off]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spiccato - bowing in such a way that the bow bounces lightly off the strings
bowing - managing the bow in playing a stringed instrument; "the violinist's bowing was excellent"
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I did not know how to play spicatto, but fortunately I had sharp ears.
2, then Zipper made her play spicatto passages from the last movement of Beethovens Eroica symphony, a technique she had not studied.