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 (fyo͝or′ē-ō′sō, -zō)
adv. & adj. Music
In a tempestuous and vigorous manner. Used chiefly as a direction.

[Italian, from Latin furiōsus, furious; see furious.]
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(ˌfjʊərɪˈəʊsəʊ) music
adj, adv
(Music, other) in a frantically rushing manner
n, pl -sos
(Music, other) a passage or piece to be performed in this way
[C19: Italian, literally: furious; see fury]
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References in classic literature ?
"His name," said the Distressed One, "is not the same as Bellerophon's horse that was called Pegasus, or Alexander the Great's, called Bucephalus, or Orlando Furioso's, the name of which was Brigliador, nor yet Bayard, the horse of Reinaldos of Montalvan, nor Frontino like Ruggiero's, nor Bootes or Peritoa, as they say the horses of the sun were called, nor is he called Orelia, like the horse on which the unfortunate Rodrigo, the last king of the Goths, rode to the battle where he lost his life and his kingdom."
In many respects the most direct source was the body of Italian romances of chivalry, especially the 'Orlando Furioso' of Ariosto, which was written in the early part of the sixteenth century.
Indeed, they say, he may be the most important European writer before Shakespeare, his fame resting on his narrative poem Orlando Furioso. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)
Abstract: La decapitazione del giovane Ercole Cantelmo sotto gli occhi del padre durante la battaglia della Polesella, che produsse un'intensa letteratura a Ferrara, apre il canto 36 del Furioso ed e l'evento storico piU tragico narrato nel poema ariostesco.
AnalizzerAaAaAeA in particolare due t le piAaAaAeA famose di queste riscritture cinquecentesche: quella di Ita Calvino dell'Orlando Furioso e quella della Gerusalemme Liberata di Alfredo Giuliani.
ARIOSTO'S Orlando Furioso (1516) was one of sixteenth-century Italy's most popular pieces of literature, so much so that it was re-written in both 1521 and 1532 with each of these versions undergoing numerous printings.
Angelica reminds the Inspector of the beautiful character in Ludovico Ariosto's romance, Orlando Furioso, with whom he "fell in love" as a youth.